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Telephones - main lines in use
total subscriptions: 107,667,642
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 32.6 (2019 est.)
Telephones - mobile cellular
total subscriptions: 408,509,528
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 123.69 (2019 est.)
Broadcast media
4 major terrestrial TV networks with affiliate stations throughout the country, plus cable and satellite networks, independent stations, and a limited public broadcasting sector that is largely supported by private grants; overall, thousands of TV stations broadcasting; multiple national radio networks with many affiliate stations; while most stations are commercial, National Public Radio (NPR) has a network of some 900 member stations; satellite radio available; in total, over 15,000 radio stations operating (2018)
Internet country code
Internet users
total: 285,519,020
percent of population: 87.27% (July 2018 est.)
Broadband - fixed subscriptions
total: 110.568 million
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 34 (2018 est.)
Communications - note
note 1: The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, claims to be the largest library in the world with more than 167 million items (as of 2018); its collections are universal, not limited by subject, format, or national boundary, and include materials from all parts of the world and in over 450 languages; collections include: books, newspapers, magazines, sheet music, sound and video recordings, photographic images, artwork, architectural drawings, and copyright data

note 2: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, hosts one of four dedicated ground antennas that assist in the operation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation system (the others are on Ascension (Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tistan da Cunha), Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory), and at Kwajalein (Marshall Islands)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on Friday, November 27, 2020

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