In 1993, Congress created the statutory classification of Commercial Mobile Services - now known as Commercial Mobile Radio Services, or “CMRS” - to promote the consistent regulation of mobile radio services.  Congress also established the promotion of competition as a fundamental goal for CMRS policy.  To measure progress toward this goal, Congress required the FCC to report annually on the state of competition in the mobile wireless industry.

The first thirteen annual reports were known as “Annual CMRS Competition Reports.”  Starting with the Fourteenth Report, the name changed to “Mobile Wireless Competition Reports” to reflect fundamental shifts in the mobile wireless marketplace.  The more recent reports integrate an analysis of CMRS into an analysis of all mobile wireless services, such as voice, messaging, and broadband.  In particular, the reports consider and analyze a number of facts and characteristics of the provision of mobile wireless services, including:

  • the total number of subscribers/connections;
  • consumer usage levels;
  • pricing metrics;
  • market shares;
  • spectrum holdings;
  • investment;
  • network coverage; and
  • quality of service



Friday, September 15, 2017