March 12, 2010
|LOBBYING 1999-2009 — CONNECTED: The Media and Broadband Project|
The wireless industry, which is rapidly adding broadband data plans, consists of only four national providers.
The lobbying totals in this chart are from 1999 to 2009 and include the dozens of former competitors acquired by the listed providers.
|TOP BROADBAND PROVIDERS||Broadband SUBSCRIBERS in millions||LOBBYING|
|Comcast Corp.||15.7||$53.3 million|
|AT&T Inc.||15.6||$241.3 million|
|Verizon Communications, Inc.||9.2||$118.9 million|
|Time Warner Cable Inc.||9.2||$50.1 million|
Cox Enterprises, Inc. (Cox Communications, Inc.)
|Charter Communications, Inc.||3.0||$6.4 million|
|Qwest Communications International Inc.||3.0||$38.3 million|
|Cablevision Systems Corp.||2.5||$3.4 million|
|TOP WIRELESS PROVIDERS||Wirless SUBSCRIBERS in millions||LOBBYING|
|Verizon Wireless*||91.2||$27.7 million|
|AT&T Inc.||85.1||See above|
|Sprint Nextel Corp.||48.1||$60.4 million|
|T-Mobile USA||33.8||$23 million|
|TOP TRADE ASSOCIATIONS||INFLUENCE||LOBBYING|
|National Cable &
|The NCTA represents more than 200 companies in the cable industry, including broadband Internet providers.||$96.3 million|
|United States Telecom Association||USTelecom represents fixed and mobile broadband
providers, manufacturers and suppliers.
|CTIA-The Wireless Association||CTIA represents 280 companies in the worldwide wireless industry, including data and Internet providers.||$48 million|
|GRAND TOTAL||$873 million|
Sources: Leichtman Research Group Inc. (broadband subscribers, 3rd quarter 2009); lobbying disclosure forms with the Senate Office of Public Records (lobbying data); SEC and company filings (wireless subscribers, 4th quarter 2009).
*Verizon Wireless is a partnership between Verizon Communications (55 percent) and Vodafone Group of England (45 percent).
Graphic research by Mia Steinle, Investigative Reporting Workshop