The following table includes total Retail Access Lines as reported by Maine Incumbent Local Excahnge Carriers (ILEC) also known as Providers of Last Resort (POLR). Retail Access Lines include such categories as Residential Premium and Economy Lines, Business Premium and Economy Lines, Public Access Lines, Centrex Lines, and PBX Trunks.

ILEC 2008 Access Lines 2009 Access Lines 2010 Access Lines 2011 Access Lines 2012 Access Lines 2013 Access Lines 2014 Access Lines 2015 Access Lines 2016 Access Lines 2017 Access Lines 2018 Access Lines 2019 Access Lines Change  2018-2019 Change 2008-2019
Consolidated Communications of Maine Company*    47,914    41,323    37,673    34,033    31,761    28,949    26,478    24,124    22,007    20,127    18,340    16,494 -10% -66%
Consolidated Communications  411,345  378,969  340,333  313,254  289,412 266,161 237,812 198,325 178,952 160,963 136,571 123,620 -9% -70%
UniTel Co.      4,386      4,282      4,001      3,817      3,677      3,527      3,417      3,295      2,888      3,001      2,915      2,816 -3% -36%
Union River       1,260      1,224      1,190      1,169      1,115      1,074      1,050      1,064      1,072      1,074      1,066      1,086 2% -14%
Cobboseecontee Tel & Tel Co.         645         554         501         478         457         418         385         348         307         263         243         235 -3% -64%
Hampden Telephone Co.      2,857      2,581      2,439      2,229      2,084      2,105      1,973      1,835      1,710      1,539      1,430      1,404 -2% -51%
Hartland & St. Albans Telephone Co.      3,659      3,350      3,104      2,993      2,823      2,713      2,565      2,447      2,340      2,203      2,102      2,027 -4% -45%
Island Telephone Co.         620         600         591         593         580         556         557         549         562         521         524         514 -2% -17%
Somerset Telephone Co.    10,509      9,634      9,200      8,874      8,422      8,177      7,911      7,560      7,358      7,145      6,858      6,843 0% -35%
Warren Telephone Co.      1,528      1,347      1,250      1,187      1,091      1,014         942         865         805         731         673         610 -9% -60%
West Penobscot Telephone Co.      2,207      2,056      1,963      1,906      1,839      1,781      1,722      1,687      1,665      1,632      1,619      1,611 0% -27%
Lincolnville Networks      1,794      1,749      1,689      1,630      1,598      1,571      1,550      1,534      1,505      1,473      1,490      1,494 0% -17%
Tidewater Telecom    10,261      9,762      9,378      8,954      8,667      8,342      7,787      7,236      6,873      6,544      6,267      6,011 -4% -41%
Mid-Maine Communications      5,228      4,699      4,228      3,890      3,592      3,204      2,954      2,647      2,384      2,168      1,954      1,784 -9% -66%
Pine Tree Tel & Tel Co.      5,373      4,820      4,202      3,751      3,435      3,052      2,755      2,409      2,179      1,968      1,783      1,576 -12% -71%
Saco River Tel. & Tel Co.      7,079      6,202      5,444      4,881      4,447      4,019      3,609      3,219      2,940      2,655      2,378      2,174 -9% -69%
Oxford West Telephone Co.      6,373      6,011      5,709      5,438      5,228      4,934      4,472      3,975      3,629      3,146      2,823      2,602 -8% -59%
Oxford Telephone Co.      5,595      5,277      5,032      4,810      4,527      4,183      3,710      3,227      2,985      2,546      2,246      2,051 -9% -63%
Total Retail Lines  528,633  484,440  437,927  403,887  374,755  345,780  311,649  266,346  242,161  219,699  191,282  174,952 -9% -67%

*Consolidated Communications of Maine Company includes the former Consolidated ILECs: China Telephone, Northland Telephone Co., Community Service Telephone Co., Sidney Telephone Co., Maine Telephone Co., and Standish Telephone Co.

Source: Data compiled by staff from Annual Reports to the Commission

 

POLR Only Access Lines

The following table provides data on the number of POLR only residential and business phone lines. POLR service is the ability to receive a flat-rate service with voice-grade access to the public switched telephone network within a basic local calling area.

POLR 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Change 2018-2019 Change 2014-2019
Consolidated Communications of Maine Company* 5,354 3,222 3,421 3,086 2,730 2,457 -10% -54%
Consolidated Communications 24,488 21,001 16,789 11,438 8,829 7,045 -20% -71%
UniTel Co. 428 358 320 324 251 224 -11% -48%
Union River  1,048 1,062 1,070 1,072 1,064 1,084 2% 3%
Cobboseecontee Tel & Tel Co. 77 67 55 50 44 43 -2% -44%
Hampden Telephone Co. 314 274 232 199 183 174 -5% -45%
Hartland & St. Albans Telephone Co. 441 345 291 240 251 233 -7% -47%
Island Telephone Co. 209 199 193 181 164 162 -1% -22%
Somerset Telephone Co. 1,586 1,378 1,242 1,119 999 1,050 5% -34%
Warren Telephone Co. 184 165 131 118 99 85 -14% -54%
West Penobscot Telephone Co. 282 246 205 174 182 181 -1% -36%
Lincolnville Networks 154 145 175 151 145 126 -13% -18%
Tidewater Telecom 1,070 919 826 736 693 639 -8% -40%
Mid-Maine Communications 1,343 1,165 958 830 712 278 -61% -79%
Pine Tree Tel & Tel Co. 1,802 1,578 1,390 1,243 1,104 553 -50% -69%
Saco River Tel. & Tel Co. 1,723 1,519 1,364 1,205 1,075 557 -48% -68%
Oxford West Telephone Co. 4,348 3,856 3,552 3,047 2,740 2,517 -8% -42%
Oxford Telephone Co. 3,666 3,201 2,956 2,526 2,226 2,033 -9% -45%
Total POLR Lines 48,517 40,700 35,170 27,739 23,491 19,441 -17% -60%

*Consolidated Communications of Maine Company includes the former Consolidated ILECs: China Telephone, Northland Telephone Co., Community Service Telephone Co., Sidney Telephone Co., Maine Telephone Co., and Standish Telephone Co.

Source: Data compiled by staff from Annual Reports to the Commission