Who’s Using Only Copper Service and Corded Telephones?
Turns Out, Almost No One
FTTH Study Finds Fewer Than One Percent of Households Make Phone Calls Only The Old Way
According to a new survey by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas and RVA, LLC, fewer than one percent of households make phone calls through traditional line powered landline service with only a corded telephone and have no mobile service, a setup virtually all telephone consumers once had some 25 years ago. This new consumer research shows how the profile of telephone service has dramatically changed in such a short time and indicates that most consumers rely little on landline telephones in case of emergency.
The percentage of households with mobile wireless service stands at 89 percent and is growing. In contrast landline telephone service is waning, with only some estimated 58 percent now subscribing. In addition, of these landline customers, less than half subscribe to line power copper service and only about half of these customers have a corded phone. Approximately 17 percent of these copper consumers said there were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to drop this service over the next year.
Not surprisingly, given these results, 75 percent of consumers said they are likely to turn to their mobile devices in an emergency when the power is out.
The FTTH Council filed this study at the FCC as the Commission considers rules for the transition from all-copper networks to IP-based networks, specifically on requirements for telephone providers to offer costly battery backups. The Council previously submitted information from FTTH providers and vendors demonstrating the reliability and resilience of fiber to the home networks.
“The market for voice communications has evolved greatly, and the Commission’s policies should reflect this reality” said FTTH Council President Heather Burnett Gold, “Rather than looking backward and seeking to impose regulations that will inhibit all-fiber investment and deployment, the Commission should bring consumers the benefits of this technology by adopting policies that speed the market-driven technology transition.”
RVA,LLC conducted 2,000 online interviews in February 2015 of consumer behaviors and attitudes with respect to voice services and emergency communications.