Consumer Expenditure Survey

Section 4, Part A - Utilities and Fuels for Owned and Rented Properties - Telephone Expenses

Section 4, Part A deals with expenditures for telephone services, including residential service, cellular service, and pager service.

Now I am going to ask about telephone bills.
Please refer to any billing statements or other records you have when answering these questions. Report any telephone bill you have received, even if the bill has not been paid.

  1. Enter 1 to Continue

Since the first of the reference month, have you or any members of your CU received any bills for telephone or pager services? Do not include bills for telephones or pagers used entirely for business purposes.

  1. Yes
  2. No

For definitions Information Booklet »

What is the name of the company which provides the telephone (or pager) services? [enter text] _____________

How many telephone (or pager) bills were received from this telephone (or pager) services company? [enter value] _____________

Will any of the total charge of the "1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc." bill be deducted as a business expense?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What percentage will be deducted? [enter value] _____________

What was the total amount of the "1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc." bill?
Do not include any unpaid charges from a previous billing period. [enter value] _____________

In what month was the bill received? [enter text] _____________

What types of telephone (or pager) services did the bill include?
* Enter all that apply
* Read each item on list.

  1. Residential Service
  2. Mobile/Cellular Service
  3. Pager/Beeper Service

Which of the following telephone service items were included in the bill?
* Enter all that apply
*Read each item on list.

  1. Basic (local) service charge
  2. Domestic long distance charges
  3. International long distance charges
  4. Telephone related services such as caller ID, call waiting, or voice mailboxes (Do not include data services)
  5. Installation or repair of telephone line(s)
  6. Telephone or pager purchases or rentals
  7. Internet access or data services
  8. Cable or satellite television service
  9. DSL or ISDN charges
  10. Non-telephone related rentals or purchases


  11. Misc. Combined (unable to specify/DK)

For definitions Information Booklet »

How much of the telephone service bill was for internet access or data services? [enter value] _____________

How much of the telephone service bill was for cable or satellite television service? [enter value] _____________

How much of the telephone service bill was for DSL or ISDN service? [enter value] _____________

How much of the telephone service bill was for non-telephone related rentals or purchases? [enter value] _____________

Did you or any member of your CU receive any other bills for telephones or pagers not used entirely for business purposes?

  1. Yes
  2. No

End of Section 4A

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Last Modified Date: October 11, 2005

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