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Released: August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010
Mark Wigfield 202-418-0253


Washington, 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 March 2010. The report also shows subscribership levels by state, income level, race,
age, household size, and employment status.

Statistical Summary

In March 2010:
The telephone subscribership penetration rate in the U.S. was 96.0%, an increase of 0.4%
over the rate from March 2009. 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 92.8%, 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 91.0% to a high of 98.8%.
Penetration rates ranged from 93.8% for households headed by a person under 25 to at least
96.1% for households headed by a person over 55.
Households with one person had a penetration rate of 94.2%, compared to a rate of 96.8% for
households with four or five persons.
The penetration rate for unemployed adults was 95.4%, while the rate for employed adults
was 96.9%.
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: James Eisner at (202) 418-0940; TTY (202) 418-0484.
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