Commission releases data on local telephone competition

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also released a report on local telephone competition, reflecting data submitted by incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers through June 30, 2009.

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 10% during the first six months of 2009, from 21 million to 23 million subscriptions, while traditional switch access lines decreased by 5%, from 141 million to 133 million lines;
  • Of the 157 million total connections in service, 47% were residential switched access lines, 38% were business switched access lines, 13% were residential interconnected VoIP subscriptions, and 2% were business interconnected VoIP subscriptions;
  • Of the 93 million wireline residential connections, 73.1% were switched access lines provided by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), 20.7% were non-ILEC interconnected VoIP subscriptions, 5.5% were non-ILEC switched access lines, and 0.6% were ILEC interconnected VoIP subscriptions;
  • Of the 64 million wireline business connections, 68.7% were ILEC switched access lines, 25.6% were non-ILEC switched access lines, 5.1% 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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