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Commission releases data on local telephone competition

The U.S Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also released a report on local telephone competition, reflecting data submitted by incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers through December 31, 2010.

The statistics in the report include the following summary points, which highlight the growing importance of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service:

  • Interconnect VoIP service subscriptions increased by 22% during 2010, from 26 million to 32 million subscriptions, while traditional switch access service decreased by 8%, from 127 million to 117 million lines;
  • Of the 149 million total connections in service at the end of 2010, 40% were residential switched access lines, 38% were business switched access lines, 18% were residential interconnected VoIP subscriptions, and 3% were business interconnected VoIP subscriptions;
  • Of the 87 million wireline residential connections, 64% were switched access lines provided by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), 28.2% were non-ILEC interconnected VoIP subscriptions, 5.0% were non-ILEC switched access lines, and 0.6% were ILEC interconnected VoIP subscriptions;
  • Of the 61 million wireline business connections, 63.3% were ILEC switched access lines, 29.1% were non-ILEC switched access lines, 6.9% were non-ILEC interconnected VoIP subscriptions, and 0.6% were ILEC interconnected VoIP subscriptions.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s Report on local telephone competition.

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