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Examination of the Dynamic Non-Urban Telecommunications Market and the Impact of CIOC's (Competitive Independent Operating Companies).

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of Competitive IOC Report - 2nd Edition to their offering.

The CIOC (Competitive Independent Operating Companies) Report examines the dynamic non-urban telecommunications market and the impact of CIOCs. It frames the non-urban telecom landscape by focusing on the demographics of residential America.

This report details the evolution, structure, and practices of CIOCs. The report also provides an analysis of the unique competitive advantages possessed by the CIOCs.

Contents Include:

CHAPTER 1: Executive Summary

CHAPTER 2: Competitive IOCs and their CLECs: Edging Out in Search of Growth and Competitiveness

CHAPTER 3: IOC CLECs: Full Profiles


CHAPTER 5: Where are They Now?

CHAPTER 6: Glossary

List of Tables and Charts

Since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Independent Operating Companies have been competing out of territory through their own IOC CLEC operations. As of early 2003, approximately 10% of the country's 900 non-Bell ILECs have deployed such operations, mostly in rural areas.

The results of this mass rollout, while better than those of the independent CLECs, have been mixed. Like the independent CLECs, IOC CLECs have been experiencing slowed revenue and access line growth, as well as retrenchment, consolidation, and occasionally outright failure. Like the other CLECs, the IOC CLECs have also seen much lower capital spending. Unlike the other CLEC segments, though, IOC CLECs are facing a number of competitive advantages. One is that the IOCs are carrying little debt and have the cash to fund ongoing CLEC spending. Two is that the IOCs and their CLECs are advancing in terms of bundling--voice, data, and video to the customer. Three is that the IOC CLECs are right now facing minimal competition.

However, competition is coming, in the form of cable companies, DBS providers, hungrier RBOCs, cellular providers, and eventually others. IOCs and their CLECs will initially live by the sword of voice-data-video bundles; the hope is that they will not die by it down the road. As is standard for the author's reports their assessment of the market is followed by extended profiles of 28 leading IOC CLEC operations. These profiles include important operating metrics ranging from revenue and capital expenditures to access lines and number of switches. They also include extensive information on the Company's strategy, services, OSS, equipment, and markets served. Following this are descriptions of 39 additional IOC CLECs.

The Companies Mentioned inside report include:

- ALLTEL Communications, Inc.

- Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

- CenturyTel, Inc.

- Crystal (HickoryTech)

- CTC Exchange Services, Inc.

- CTC Telcom

- CTS Telecom d/b/a Climax Telephone Co.

- CTSI, Inc.

- D&E Communications

- Fidelity Communication Services

- Goldfield Access Network

- Heart of Iowa Communications, Inc.

- HomeTown Solutions, L.L.C

- HTC Communications, Inc.

- Logix Communication Enterprises, Inc.

- Madison River Communications

- Mid-Maine Communications

- Mid-Rivers Communications, Inc.

- Northland Communications Group

- NTELOS, Inc.

- Otter Tail, Inc.

- Panhandle Telecommunications Systems, Inc.

- Penn Telecom, Inc. d/b/a

- Pine Tree Networks

- Sharon Telephone Company

- Silver Star Communications

- TDS Metrocom

- XIT Communications

- Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

- Armstrong Telecommunications

- Ben Lomand Communications, Inc.

- Bixby Telephone Sales & Services Co. d/b/a PrimeTel

- Blue Earth Valley Communications

- Cheqtel Communications, Inc.

- Chickasaw Telecommunications Services

- Citizens Fibernet, Inc.

- Clarence Telephone Company

- Consolidated Communications Networks, Inc.

- Cumby Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

- Eastern Oregon Telecom, LLC

- Egyptian Communications Services, Inc.

- F&B Communications

- Free State Telephone Company

- FullTel Communications, Inc.

- Guthrie Telecommunications Network, Inc.

- Hancock Telecom

- Hargray Communications

- Huxley Cooperative Telephone Company

- InterBel Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

- Lakedale Communications

- Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

- Lost Nation-Elwood Telephone Co.

- Midstate Telecom, Inc.

- Monroe Area Communications, Inc.

- Nebraska Supercomm, LLC

- Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Co.

- Northwest Telephone Cooperative Association

- Omnitel Communications

- Partner Communications Cooperative

- Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative

- Peoples Telecommunications, Inc.

- PRT Communications, Inc.

- Rural Telephone Service Co., Inc.

- S&T Telephone

- SEI Data, Inc.

- South Central Telecom

- TechTel Communications Corporation

- West Carolina Communications

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