The most recent semi-annual survey of U.S. wireless carriers conducted by wireless association CTIA shows that mobile connections within the U.S. market now exceed the national population by a margin of 327.6 million to 315.5 million. Opening his association’s Enterprise & Applications show in San Diego on Tuesday, CTIA President Steve Largent pointed to the survey results in urging members of Congress to move forward on legislation that would reallocate broadcast television spectrum to the wireless industry through the incentive auction process. According to CTIA, the latest tally of U.S. wireless connections (which is largely attributable to individual subscribers purchasing a second wireless device such as a tablet PC or netbook) constitutes a national penetration rate of 103.9% and represents a 9% increase over the 300 million subscribers that were reported at mid-year 2010. The survey also showed a 111% increase in wireless traffic over mid-year 2010 that was driven largely by a 57% surge in smart phone sales. These trends, in turn, fueled a 6% increase in annual wireless industry revenues that totaled $164.6 billion for the twelve-month period ending in June 2011. Observing, “the consensus of experts is that demand will continue to skyrocket by more than 50 times within the next five years,” Largent said, “these are the reasons why our members need more spectrum.” Largent reminded lawmakers that, “by making underutilized or unused spectrum available for auction, carriers will continue to invest billions of dollars in their infrastructure, generate hundreds of billions of dollars in benefit to our economy, and create up to half a million new jobs.”