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Released: June 25, 2014
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NEWS

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.

See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

June 25, 2014

Mark Wigfield at (202) 418-0253

Email: mark.wigfield@fcc.gov

FCC RELEASES NEW DATA ON INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES AND LOCAL

TELEPHONE COMPETITION

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission has released its latest reports on

Internet access service connections and local telephone services in the United States.

Titled Internet Access Services and Local Telephone Competition, respectively, the reports are

based on data submitted by service providers every six months on FCC Form 477. The reports

include data collected by the FCC through June 30, 2013.

Highlights from the reports include the following:

The number of connections with downstream speeds of at least 10 Mbps increased by

118% over June 2012, to 103 million connections, including 58 million fixed connections

and 45 million mobile connections.

Growth is particularly high in mobile Internet subscriptions. The number of mobile

subscriptions with speeds over 200 kbps in at least one direction grew to 181 million – up

18% from June 2012.

In voice services, there were 90 million end-user switched access lines in service, 45

million interconnected VoIP subscriptions, and 306 million mobile voice subscriptions,

or 441 million retail local telephone service connections in total as of June 30, 2013.

Over the three years between June 2010 and June 2013, interconnected VoIP

subscriptions increased at a compound growth rate of 16%, mobile voice subscriptions

increased at a compound annual growth rate of 3%, and retail switched access lines

declined at 10% a year.

The Commission adopted changes to its FCC Form 477 program in June 2013 to assume

responsibility for the collection of data on broadband deployment, an effort currently overseen

by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) in coordination with

the States, to implement a new approach for reporting broadband connection speeds of fixed and

mobile services, and to require reporting of wireline voice subscribership at the census tract level

as is currently required for wireline broadband subscribership. The Office of Management and

Budget (OMB) approved the revised program on June 4, 2014. Additional information about

changes coming to the FCC Form 477 is available at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/changes-

coming-form-477-data-collection.

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The Internet Access Services and Local Telephone Competition reports can be downloaded at

http://transition.fcc.gov/wcb/iatd/stats.html. They are also available for reference in the FCC’s

Reference Information Center, Courtyard Level, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20554.

Copies may be purchased by calling Best Copy and Printing, Inc. at (800) 378-3160.

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