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Urban Rate Survey Data

Each year, the FCC conducts a survey of the fixed voice and broadband service rates offered to consumers in urban areas.  The FCC uses the survey data to determine the local voice rate floor and reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and broadband rates for universal service purposes in accordance with the November 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order.

Calculating the Broadband Reasonable Comparability Benchmark

Survey Data and Results

2015 Urban Rate Voice Survey Results: Methodology (Word) | Data (Excel)

2015 Urban Rate Broadband Survey Results: Methodology (Word) | Data (Excel)

2014 Urban Rate Survey Broadband Data – Possible Methodologies for Establishing Reasonable Comparability for Broadband Rates for Fixed Services: Staff Report (PDF) | Data (Excel)

2014 Urban Rate Voice Survey Results: Methodology (PDF) | Data (Excel)

Completing the Survey

Urban Rate Survey Data Collection Site


For more information on the survey, call (202) 418-0940 or send an email to

Orders and Public Notices

Results of 2015 Urban Rate Survey for Fixed Voice and Broadband Services Released
Public Notice (DA 15-470): Word | PDF | Text

Urban Rate Survey Broadband Methodology Released
Order (DA 14-1569): Word | PDF | Text

Timeline for Completion of 2015 Urban Rate Survey Announced
Public Notice (DA 14-1544): Word | PDF | Text

Urban Rate Survey Broadband Data Released
Public Notice (DA 14-944): Word | PDF | Text

Urban Rate Survey Voice Data Released
Public Notice (DA 14-520): Word | PDF | Text
Methodology (PDF) | Data (Excel)

Bureau Seeks Comment on Extending Phase-In of Phone Subsidy Reform
Public Notice (DA 14-384): Word | PDF | Text

Extension of Urban Rate Survey Deadline for Time Warner Cable and AT&T
Order (DA 14-70): Word | PDF | Text

Extension of Urban Rate Survey Deadline for Windstream Corporation
Order (DA 14-66): Word | PDF | Text

Extension of Urban Rate Survey Deadline for Frontier Communications Corp.
Order (DA 14-53): Word | PDF | Text

Timeline for Completion of Urban Rate Survey Announced
Public Notice (DA 13-2400): Word | PDF | Text

Wireline Competition Bureau Adopts Form and Content for Urban Rate Survey
Order (DA 13-598): Word | PDF | Text

Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on Proposed Urban Rate Survey and Issues Relating to Reasonable Comparability Benchmarks and the Local Rate Floor
Public Notice (DA 12-1199): Word | PDF | Text

Archived Data from Previous Urban Rate Surveys

Contains residential and business rates for local voice service in 95 cities.  Data are in delimited ASCII format.

Data for 2006-2007: ZIP
Data for 2005-2006: ZIP
Data for 2004-2005: ZIP
Data for 2003-2004: ZIP
Data for 2002-2003: ZIP
Data for 2001-2002: ZIP
Data for 1998-2000: ZIP
Data for 1990-1997: ZIP

Updated: April 18, 2014

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