Utilization of the U.S. Telephone Network
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The United States has experienced high and steadily increasing use of its national telephone network. A number of major influences have stimulated the growing use of telephone services: population growth; increases in real income; major technological changes increasing the range of services, including facsimile and personal computer use; rate restructuring and overall price reductions for long distance; and increased network access that includes nearly complete residential availability and the rapidly growing use of cellular and cordless telephones. Although residential telephone penetration is approaching saturation, network use continues to expand, as shown by the vigorous growth of wireless services. All these factors more strongly suggest that use of the U.S. telephone network will continue to intensify for some years to come.
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