The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Briefing.


US Congress

The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), approved two bipartisan proposals aimed at improving access to wired and wireless broadband for all Americans. This includes a legislative package to improve broadband infrastructure deployment and H.R. 1641, the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act. See the Regulatory Mix dated 12/2/15.

Mobile Subscribership

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the preliminary results of the January-June 2015 CDC_wireless_report_graphNational Health Interview Survey. The results indicate that nearly one-half of American homes (47.4%) had only wireless telephones during the first half of 2015—an increase of 3.4 percentage points since the first half of 2014. More than two-thirds of all adults aged 25-34 and of adults renting their homes were living in wireless-only households. Other interesting statistics include:

  • More than two-thirds of adults aged 25–29 (71.3%) and aged 30-34 (67.8%) lived in households with only wireless telephones. These rates are greater than the rate for those 18–24 (59.4%). The percentage of adults living with only wireless telephones decreased as age increased beyond 35 years: 56.6% for those 35–44; 40.8% for those 45–64; and 19.3% for those 65 and over.
  • Adults living in the Midwest (51.9%), South (50.2%), and West (47.1%) were more likely than those living in the Northeast (31.6%) to be living in households with only wireless telephones. Adults living in metropolitan areas (47.8%) were more likely than those living in nonmetropolitan areas (42.3%) to be living in wireless-only households.
  • Adults with college degrees (19.5%) were more likely to be living in wireless-mostly households than were high school graduates (14.6%) or adults with less education (12.1%).
  • Adults living in rented homes (10.5%) were less likely to be living in wireless-mostly households than were adults living in homes owned by a household member (19.0%).
  • The percentages of adults and children living without any telephone service have increased slightly but significantly over the past 3 years. Approximately 3.4% of households had no telephone service (neither wireless nor landline). About 7.5 million adults (3.1%) and 2.3 million children (3.2%) lived in these households.



New area code 825 has been assigned by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator and will be implemented on the Relief Date of April 9, 2016, as a distributed overlay over the geographic area of the province of Alberta currently served by the 403, 587, and 780 area codes. Click here for details.


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