FCC Finds Competitive Phone Providers Gain Ground
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week released statistics on local telephone service competition in the United States based on carrier-provided data for June 30, 2004 through FCC Form 477. According to the FCC É - Total CLEC end-user switched access lines increased by 7% during the first half of 2004, from 29.8 million to 32.0 million lines. By comparison, they increased by 10% during the preceding six months, from 27.0 to 29.8 million lines. For the full twelve-month period ending June 30, 2004, CLEC end-user lines increased by 19%. - End-user customers obtained local telephone service by utilizing approximately 148.1 million incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) switched access lines, 32.0 million competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) switched access lines, and 167.3 million mobile wireless telephone service subscriptions. - About 17.8% of the 180.1 million total end-user switched access lines (or 32.0 million lines) were reported by CLECs at end of June 2004, compared to 16.3% (or 29.8 million lines) in December 2003. - Nationwide, mobile wireless telephone subscribers increased 7% during the first half of 2004 from 157.0 million to 167.3 million. For the full twelvee-month period ending June 30, 2004, mobile wireless subscribers increased by 13%. - CLECs reported 20.8 million (or 15%) of the 135.4 million lines that served residential and small business end users and 11.2 million (or 25%) of the 44.6 million lines that served medium and large business, institutional, and government customers.