In 1983, the FSM Telecommunications Corp. provided interstate telecommunications via its satellite ground station in each state center and international connections through the Pohnpei and Truk stations. An interstate and international telex service has been available through the Pohnpei station since 1984. Telecommunications services to all inhabited outer islands are provided by radio links with the Pohnpei, Truk, and Yap stations. In 2001 there were 11,000 telephones.
There are no private newspapers. Newsletters are published by the national and state governments. The National Union comes out (twice monthly). State publications include Mogethin (Yap), Uss Me Auus, (Truk), Pohnpei Reports, Kaselehile Press Pohnpei State , and Kosrae State Newsletters.
As of 2001, there is one state-owned radio station in each state capital, broadcasting in English and local languages. There is one private radio station owned by a religious group. In 1997, there were 127 radios and 10 television sets per 1,000 population. In 2000, there were 2,000 Internet subscribers served by one service provider.
The Constitution provides for free speech and a free press, and the government is said to respect these rights in practice.