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January 2016


FCC Releases Stats on Wireless Competition 

The FCC's annual report on wireless competition was released in December covering data through the first half of 2015.

Of the four facilities-based nationwide mobile providers, Verizon Wireless leads in market share with 38.1%, followed closely by AT&T with 32.6%.  Sprint and T-Mobile trail with 14.1% and 13.2% of the market, respectively.  T-Mobile, however, is the winner in gaining market share with with a 1.3% increase in market share in the first six months of 2015.

AT&T offers coverage for the largest percentage of the U.S. population (99.3%), road miles (90.5%) and square miles (68.4%).  Sprint comes in last for those metrics, covering 89.7% of the U.S. population, 47.3% of road miles, and 24% of square miles. But for LTE coverage, Verizon narrowly beats AT&T with coverage of 97% of the population versus AT&T's 96.7%.

Other interesting data by the numbers:
  • 52.3 - smartphone market share for google/android operating system
  • 75.5 - percentage of smart phone users who use their device for personal email
  • 42.7 - percentage of smart phone users who use their device for business email
  • 1,361 - average MB of data consumed per smartphone user per month
  • 114 - number of wireless connections per 100 people
  • $187,848,477,106 - amount spent in the U.S. on mobile service in 2014
  • 55.3 - percentage of U.S. children living in wireless-only households.

For the full report, click here.

FCC Caps Rates for Inmate Calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order in October that caps the price of local and long distance calls for inmate calling service (ICS).  The average cost prior to the rate cap of a 15 minute call to or from a prison or jail was $3.  The new rules cap that rate at $1.65 for most 15 minute calls.

The record on this issue includes reports of "price gouging" with some calls that cost $14 per minute, and Commissioners commenting on reports of $500 per month phone bills for voice-only service in order to stay in touch with an incarcerated loved one.

Providers of ICS argue that the new price caps will not allow them to cover their costs, in part because of commissions due to prison and jail facilities.  Global Tel Link and Securus, two of the largest ICS providers, are seeking judicial review of the order. "Indeed, telling the world that technology, security and commissions can all be provided under the proposed caps is profoundly naïve, ignores the FCC's own record and defies common sense," said Brian Oliver, CEO of Global Tel Link.

The FCC's vote was split along party lines, with the three Democratic Commissioners in favor, and the two Republicans dissenting and citing questions on whether the FCC has overstepped its authority in the order as one reason for their dissent. 
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