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December 15, 2009
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FCC RELEASES NEW TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERSHIP REPORT
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 July 2009. The report also shows subscribership levels by state, income level, race,
age, household size, and employment status.
In July 2009:
The telephone subscribership penetration rate in the U.S. was 95.7%, an increase of 0.3%
over the rate from July 2008. 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 93.3%, 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 91.3% to a high of 98.7%.
Penetration rates ranged from 91.5% for households headed by a person under 25 to at least
96.4% for households headed by a person over 55.
Households with one person had a penetration rate of 93.5%, compared to a rate of 96.8% for
households with four or five persons.
The penetration rate for unemployed adults was 94.6%, while the rate for employed adults
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 https://www.fcc.gov/wcb/stats
Wireline Competition Bureau contact: Alexander Belinfante at (202) 418-0944; TTY (202) 418-
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