The Ninth Annual Competition Report of the Federal Communications Commission noted:

The Ninth Annual Competition Report of the Federal Communications Commission noted:
January 1, 2005
  • More than 276 million Americans, or 97 percent of the U.S. population, have three or more wireless service providers to choose from in their county.
  • More than 250 million Americans, or 87 percent of the U.S. population, have five or more wireless service providers to choose from in their county.
  • More than 84 million Americans, or 30 percent of the U.S. population, have seven or more wireless service providers to choose from in their county.
  • The industry is responsible for more than 205,000 jobs, a 7 percent increase from the year prior.
  • Capital investment continues to climb, increasing more than 15 percent in 2003.
  • 25 percent of wireless subscribers are casual data users, accessing the Web, checking email, downloading ringtones, and sending text messages regularly.