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Released: November 26, 2013
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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. Cir. 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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November 26, 2013

Matthew Berry, 202-418-2005

Email: Matthew.Berry@fcc.gov

STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON THE RELEASE OF THE 2013 LOCAL TELEPHONE COMPETITION REPORT

There can be no doubt, if ever there was, that the IP Transition is upon us. The FCC Wireline

Competition Bureau’s Local Telephone Competition Report, issued today, observes that Americans

continue to flee the copper networks of the 20th century. About one in seven households with copper

dropped their landline last year, and 33.6 million Americans dropped their copper landlines over the past

four years. And competition is rampant: 99.6 percent of Americans can choose from at least three

wireline competitors, and 92 percent can choose from 10 or more. The evidence also shows that

consumers are in fact exercising that choice: Interconnected VoIP providers added 14.6 million

subscriptions over the last four years, and wireless providers added 43.6 million.

These changes underscore how dynamic the communications marketplace is. And yet, the FCC’s

rules saddle one segment of the market with onerous, outdated burdens like tariffing and require the

continued investment in last-generation technology. Now is the time to modernize our rules, to prepare

for the all-IP future, to follow the lead of several states and end tariffing in the residential market. Now is

the time to embrace the IP Transition.

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