FCC Releases New Telephone Subscribership Report
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February 2, 2010
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FCC RELEASES NEW TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERSHIP REPORTWashington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released its
latest report on telephone subscribership levels in the United States. The report presents
subscribership statistics based on the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the Census
Bureau in November 2009. The report also shows subscribership levels by state, income level,
race, age, household size, and employment status.
Statistical SummaryIn November 2009:
The telephone subscribership penetration rate in the U.S. was 95.7%, an increase of 0.7%
over the rate from November 2008. This is the highest reported rate since the CPS began
collecting this data in November 1983.
The telephone penetration rate for households in income categories below $15,000 was at or
below 94.0%, while the rate for households in income categories over $50,000 was at least
Among the states, the penetration rates ranged from a low of 90.9% to a high of 99.0%.
Penetration rates ranged from 93.1% for households headed by a person under 25 to at least
96.6% for households headed by a person over 55.
Households with one person had a penetration rate of 93.6%, compared to a rate of 96.8% for
households with four or five persons.
The penetration rate for unemployed adults was 94.7%, while the rate for employed adults
This report is updated three times a year and is available in the FCC's Reference
Information Center, Courtyard Level, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. Call
Best Copy and Printing, Inc. at (202) 488-5300 to purchase a copy. This report can also be
downloaded from the Wireline Competition Bureau Statistical Reports Internet site at
Wireline Competition Bureau contact: Alexander Belinfante at (202) 418-0944; TTY (202) 418-
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