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MPSC Finds Strong Telecom Competition

LANSING -- The Michigan Public Service Commission has issued the 13th and final report on telecommunications competition in Michigan required by the Michigan Telecommunications Act of 2000.

The report may be viewed in its entirety at this link.

The report primarily examines the state of competition in the toll and local exchange service markets in Michigan. It also includes information specific to Michigan on mobile wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol and broadband.

"Competition in the telecommunications market in Michigan continues to thrive, benefitting customers," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush.  "In addition, competitive providers are continuing to invest in their own facilities, another positive economic sign."

Highlights of the report include:
* The total number of wirelines in Michigan in 2012 decreased by 266,000 from 2011, reflecting a 6 percent decrease, a trend that began in 2002.
* Competitive providers held 33.2 percent of the total wireline market in 2012, a new high for competitive wirelines in Michigan.
* The percent of competitive lines served by competitive providers' own facilities was 35.7 percent in 2012, the same as in 2011.
* AT&T Michigan's share of the wireline market was 52 percent, a decrease of 2.4 percentage points from the previous year.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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