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Since 2000, the Wireless Industry Has Consolidated and Usage Has
Increased, Creating Challenges for Small and Regional Wireless
Carriers and Some Benefits for Consumers 10
Some Stakeholders Perceive Certain Regulatory Policies and
Industry Practices Jeopardizing the Competitiveness of the
Wireless Industry 26
FCC Employs Various Strategies to Monitor Competition in the
Industry, but Its Annual Report Is Missing Some Data on Inputs
and Outputs 39
Recommendation for Executive Action 45
Agency Comments 45
Appendix I Scope and Methodology 48
Appendix II GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments 52
Table 1: Stakeholders Interviewed for this Report 49
Table 2: Cellular Market Areas (CMA) Used as Case Studies 50
Figure 1: Key Components of a Mobile Phone System 6
Figure 2: Mergers of Select Wireless Carriers, 2000-2009 12
Figure 3: Wireless Subscriber Market Share 13
Figure 4: Estimated Wireless Penetration Rate 15
Figure 5: Estimated Wireless Phone Subscribers 16
Figure 6: Estimated Wireless Voice Minutes of Use 17
Figure 7: Net Subscriber Additions by Carrier 18
Figure 8: Wireless Subscriber Churn 19
Figure 9: Capital Expenditures as a Percentage of Revenue 21
Figure 10: Average Revenue per User 23
Figure 11: Consumer Price Index for Telephone and Wireless
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Telecommunications: Enhanced Data Collection Could Help FCC Better Monitor Competition in the Wireless Industry, report, July 27, 2010; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc300859/m1/3/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.