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Otelco Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

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Total revenues decreased 3.5% in the three months ended September 30, 2012, to $24.4 million from $25.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011. The addition of Shoreham was more than offset by declines from the traditional loss of RLEC voice access line related revenues and the impact of the FCC’s ICC order. The table below provides the components of our revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

Three Months Ended September 30, Change
2011 2012 Amount Percent
(dollars in thousands)
Local services $ 11,715 $ 11,003 $ (712 ) (6.1 ) %
Network access 8,048 7,500 (548 ) (6.8 )
Cable television 770 788 18 2.3
Internet 3,442 3,682 240 7.0
Transport services   1,328   1,455   127   9.6
Total $ 25,303 $ 24,428 $ (875 ) (3.5 )

Local services revenue decreased 6.1% in the quarter ended September 30, 2012 to $11.0 million from $11.7 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Shoreham added $0.2 million and Hosted PBX and wholesale network connection revenue in our CLEC increased $0.2 million. The FCC’s ICC order reduced or eliminated intrastate and local cellular revenue, with a portion of the RLEC decrease recovered through the Connect America Fund which is categorized as interstate access revenue. The impact on local service revenue in third quarter was a decrease of $0.9 million. The decline in RLEC voice access lines accounted for a decrease $0.2 million. Network access revenue decreased 6.8% in the third quarter 2012 to $7.5 million from $8.0 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Shoreham added $0.3 million and special access added $0.2 million. Interstate and Intrastate toll decreases primarily associated with the FCC’s ICC order were partially offset by the new Connect America Fund revenue but still represented a decline of $1.0 million. Cable television revenue in the three months ended September 30, 2012, increased 2.3% to remain at $0.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. Growth in IPTV subscribers, video on demand and the shift to high-definition packages in Alabama was offset by the decline in basic cable subscribers. Internet revenue for the third quarter 2012 increased 7.0% to $3.7 million from $3.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011. The growth was attributable to the Shoreham acquisition. Growth in other RLEC data lines was offset by the loss of dial-up subscribers outside of our service territory. Transport services revenue increased 9.6% to $1.5 million from $1.3 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2011 from growth in both wide area network and wholesale transport services.

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