Commission issues new report on telephone subscribership

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its most recent report on telephone subscriber levels in the United States.

The report, which is based on data from the Census Bureau through November 2009, provides subscriber penetration statistics by state, income level, race, age, household size and employment status.  Among the report’s highlights are the following key findings:

  • The telephone subscriber penetration rate increased to 95.7% by November 2009, the highest rate reported since data was first collected in November 1983;
  • Penetration rates for households with incomes above $50,000 was at least 98.2%, while penetration for households with incomes below $15,000 was at or below 94.0%;
  • Penetration rates by state range from a high of 99% in Oregon, to a low of 90.9% in New Mexico;
  • The penetration rate for employed adults was 96.8%; for unemployed adults, the penetration rate was 94.7%.

View the complete text of the Commission’s latest Telephone Subscribership Report.