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Local Telephone Competition (As of 12/31/98)

Local Competition: August 1999 is an update to the Local Competition report released in December 1998. It presents more recent information about the extent and pattern of local competition.  We have undertaken various statistical analyses, and present several preliminary findings and suggestions for further research.

The information summarized in this report shows that local service competitors continue to grow very rapidly but remain a small portion of the overall market. Traditional local telephone companies --also called incumbent local exchange carriers or ILECs -- continued to claim well over 90% of the nationwide local market in 1998.

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