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At a Glance

On December 12, 2018, the Commission adopted the first Communications Marketplace Report (2018 Report), thereby providing a comprehensive evaluation of the state of the communications marketplace, for the most part, as of year-end 2017.  As required by Title IV of RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018, the 2018 Report consolidates several separate reports to address the state of the broader communications marketplace in one place.  And as mandated by Congress, this Report will be issued every two years.  During the years when no Report is issued, the Commission will update certain figures, maps and tables contained in the Report, to reflect the most recent data available.  This page presents these updates as of year-end 2018.


Fixed Terrestrial Services

Percent Population Coverage by Provider Option - All Areas

Year-End 2018


Source: Form 477 data as of Dec. 2018. 

Download Speeds

Total LTE Download Speeds, Nationwide


Source: Ookla SPEEDTEST intelligence data, © 2019 Ookla, LLC.  All rights reserved.  Published with permission of Ookla.  The “Total” mean and median nationwide estimates are based on test results for all service providers included in the Ookla sample dataset. Note that 1H2014 through 1H2016 speeds represent Ookla’s legacy dataset.

Data Usage

Mobile Data Usage per Subscriber 2010 - 2018


Source: CMR 2018, 33 FCC Rcd at 12569, Fig. A-8; CTIA Wireless Industry Indices Year-End 2018, at 15, Chart 4.