This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from US statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from US statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other US-specific metadata information.
|Actual indicator available
|Proportion of individuals who use an Internet-connected mobile telephone, by sex
|Actual indicator available - description
|Proportion of individuals who use an Internet-connected mobile telephone, by sex, age 3 and over
|Date of national source publication
|Method of computation
|This indicator is calculated by dividing the total number of in-scope individuals who own a mobile phone by the total number of in-scope individuals.
|Scheduled update by national source
|U.S. method of computation
|Data are derived from the Computer and Internet Use Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS). The Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics jointly sponsor the CPS, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration sponsors the supplement. Data are collected by the Census Bureau. Individuals using a mobile telephone: Persons age 3 and over who use an Internet-connected mobile telephone. Metadata sources: http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/cps/technical-documentation/complete.html
|Comments and limitations
|The 2011 and 2013 supplements directly asked whether individuals use a cellular phone or smartphone to access the Internet. The 2015 estimate represents those who 1) use a mobile phone, 2) use the Internet from any location, and 3) live in a household where someone accesses a mobile Internet service or data plan. Data from this source are not available prior to 2011. The next CPS Computer and Internet Use Supplement is scheduled for 2017-11.
|Date metadata updated
|Overall proportion available at national and state levels
|Unit of measurement
|Overall proportion available by age group, employment status, income, education, sex, race and Hispanic origin, disability status, metropolitan status, and whether school-aged child in household
|International and national references
|The 2015 questionnaire asked about Internet and device use during the past 6 months. Earlier questionnaires did not specify a reference period.
|Scheduled update by SDG team