This brief report about competition in the market for local telecommunications services in the United States summarizes information that has recently become available from two sources.
The first source is data filed by carriers on May 15, 2000 in response to the Commission’s recently adopted local competition and broadband data gathering program (FCC Form 477). This program replaced a previous, voluntary local competition data gathering program which was administered by the Common Carrier Bureau. The new Commission program requires providers of local telephone services to file, twice each year, information for each state in which they have at least 10,000 lines in service. The initial information utilized in this report reflects the status of local telephone service competition and state-specific mobile wireless telephone subscribership as of year-end 1999 and is presented in Tables 1 through 5.
The second source of data utilized in this report is telecommunications carrier information submitted pursuant to the Commission’s Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A). Form 499-A consolidates provider reports associated with the administration of Telecommunications Relay Services, North American Numbering Plan, Local Number Portability, and Universal Service Support Mechanisms. These reports, filed by about 4,500 legal entities, provide revenue information about all segments of the telecommunications industry. Consequently, they provide information on the size and growth of local competitors in comparison to incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). Form 499-A data form the basis of Tables 6 and 7 in this report.