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The three largest local phone companies control 83 percent of home telephone lines. The top two long distance carriers control 67 percent of that market. The four biggest cellular phone companies have 64 percent of the wireless market. The five largest cable companies pipe programming to 74 percent of the cable subscribers nationwide. Those findings come from the Center for Public Integrity's unprecedented examination of the telecommunications industry, the centerpiece of which is a first-of-its-kind, 65,000 record, searchable database http://www.openairwaves.org/telecom/analysis/default.aspx containing ownership information on virtually every radio station, television station, cable television system and telephone company in America.
This dataset also includes all industry sponsored trips by FCC officials between May 1995 and March 2003.
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