Communications in the United States

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The primary regulator of communications in the United States is the Federal Communications Commission. It closely regulates all of the industries mentioned below with the exception of newspapers and the Internet service provider industry.




Newspapers declined in their influence and penetration into American households in the late 20th century. Most newspapers are local, having little circulation outside their particular metropolitan area. The closest thing to a national paper the U.S. has is USA Today. Other influential dailies include the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal which are sold in most U.S. cities. The Times has a moderate-left stance, while the Journal is moderate-right and is strongly pro-business.

The largest newspapers (by circulation) in the United States are USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.


The legal monopoly of the government-owned United States Postal Service has narrowed during the 20th and 21st centuries, although the USPS, through whose hands passes 40% of the world's mail,[citation needed] still delivers in four days more mail than is delivered by DHL Express, FedEx, and the United Parcel Service in one year.[citation needed]

Landline telephone

Telephones - main lines in use: 163.2 million (2007)[1]

Telephones - mobile cellular: 255 million (2007))[1]

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