The state Public Service Commission says North Dakotans prefer cellphones, but the number of traditional wired landline phones has risen for the first time in about 10 years.

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In mid-May, the PSC said there are 258,152 landlines in North Dakota. That's about 2,200 higher than last year.

The number of wireless phones currently in use in North Dakota is 521,578. Regulators said the number of cellphones has increased 76 percent in the past decade.   The number of cellphone lines exceeded the number of landlines in 2006.

The PSC gathers data on wireless accounts and landline phone lines to calculate a tax on each line. The money from the taxes, which is now 4 cents per line, pays for a telephone relay service that is used by the hearing-impared.

Source: The Bismarck Tribune