WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The smallest of businesses pay the most per employee for local and long distance phone service: So says a survey released today by the Office of Advocacy. The report, detailing small businesses spending on telecommunications, finds that firms with zero to four employees face a monthly cost per employee of $82.81, while small firms with 10 to 499 employees face a monthly per employee cost of $20.99.

The Survey of Small Businesses? Telecommunications Use and Spending
(http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/rs236tot.pdf) was written by TeleNomic Research and funded by the Office of Advocacy, shows that small business spends on average $543 per month on telecommunications services. It also clearly shows that differences in size and industry drive telecommunications spending.

?Intense legislative and regulatory debates surround telecommunications policy,? said Thomas M. Sullivan, Chief Counsel for Advocacy. ?On issues like competition and broadband service the discussion has focused on individual consumers. But small businesses are major consumers of telecommunications services, too. This report will help policy makers understand how their decisions will affect innovative and job-generating small businesses.?

Also among the reports findings, 73 percent of small businesses use Internet access services. Of these, 38 percent use dial-up, 26 percent use cable modems, 21 percent use DSL, four percent use satellites, four percent use T-1 lines, and three percent use wireless broadband.

About The Office of Advocacy
The Office of Advocacy, the ?small business watchdog? of the government, examines the role and status of small business in the economy and independently represents the views of small business to federal agencies, Congress, and the President. It is the source for small business statistics presented in user-friendly formats and it funds research into small business issues.