Floridians like their cell phones. The growing wireless communications trend is part of the findings included in the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) 2007 Telecommunications Report released to the Governor and Legislature this week.
Report data from the 370 companies certified by the PSC to operate in Florida confirms that competition remains strong and is even increasing, although the forms of telecommunications contributing to competition are changing. Wireless, VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol), and broadband services represent a significant share of today’s communications market in the state.
“Many recent changes in the telecommunications industry are good for consumers,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II. “More product choices resulting from industry competition are good for Floridians and good for our state’s economy.”
Covering an 18-month period, from June 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007, the Telecommunications Report reveals that Florida residential local access landline service decreased by almost 15 percent, while household use of wireless services continued to increase. An estimated 1.2 million Florida households are wireless only, with more than 15 million cell phones in service in the state.
Although the PSC does not regulate wireless services, the Report recognizes that as new technologies and services become more widely accepted, wireless communications are becoming more popular. The 2007 Telecommunications Report is required by Florida Statutes to cover “the status of competition in the telecommunications industry” and can be found on the PSC Web site, www.floridapsc.com.
The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.