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Released: April 11, 2011

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

April 8, 2011 Thomas Sullivan (202) 418-0437


Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released an
annual report entitled 2009 International Telecommunications Data regarding international
message telephone, private line and miscellaneous services between the United States and other

Statistical Findings

International "U.S.-billed" traffic primarily traffic originating in the U.S. decreased
2.7%, from 74.9 billion minutes in 2008 to 72.9 billion minutes in 2009.
The per-minute charge to U.S. consumers for this traffic fell 7.5% from 2008 to 2009. From
2000 to 2009, the charge has decreased 83%, from $0.47 per-minute to $0.08 per-minute.
Landline carriers indicate various reasons for the decrease in their U.S. billed minutes. The
economy and competition from Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers continue to be
major influences.
U.S.-billed revenues for international telephone, private line and other miscellaneous services
decreased collectively 10%, from $7.3 billion in 2008 to $6.6 billion in 2009.

International Services Billed Revenues

(Shown in Thousands of Dollars)

Percent Change



Private Line and Other



Total Billed Revenues

U.S. carriers' net settlement payments (amounts they pay to terminate traffic overseas, less
settlement amounts received from foreign carriers) decreased 23.5%. Retained international
revenues (revenues after settlement payments are made) increased 1.5% from 2008 to 2009.

Total Billed Revenues,

Net Settlement Payments, and

Retained Revenues

(Shown in Thousands of Dollars)

Percent Change

Total Billed Revenues


Net Settlement




Pure resale traffic decreased 4.7%, from 86.7 billion minutes in 2008 to 82.6 billion minutes
in 2009. Billed revenues for resale services decreased 12.9%, from $8.5 billion in 2008 to
$7.4 billion in 2009. The total number of carriers reporting resale services increased 4.9%,
from 1,175 in 2008 to 1,232 in 2009.
The report is available for reference in the FCC's Reference Information Center at 445 12th Street,
S.W., Courtyard Level, Washington, D.C. 20554. Copies may be purchased by contacting the
FCC's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room
CY-B402, Washington D.C. 20554, telephone 1-800-378-3160, facsimile 202-488-5563, or via e-
mail The report can also be downloaded [file name: CREPOR09.ZIP or
CREPOR09.PDF] from
International Bureau contact: Linda Blake at (202) 418-0945; TTY (202) 418-0484.

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