Spectrum management (1 - 10 of 12 items)
Spectrum Management: FCC's Use and Enforcement of Buildout Requirements
GAO-14-236: Published: Feb 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2014.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established buildout requirements—which require a licensee to build the necessary infrastructure and put the assigned spectrum to use within a set amount of time—for most wireless services, including cellular and personal communication services. FCC tailors the buildout requirements it sets for a wireless service based on the physical characteris...
Spectrum Management: FCC's Licensing Approach in the 11, 18, and 23 Gigahertz Bands Currently Supports Spectrum Availability and Efficiency
GAO-13-78R: Published: Nov 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2012.
FCC has generally ensured the availability of licenses and encouraged the efficient use of spectrum through its various regulations. Specifically, stakeholders noted that the Commission's rules on frequency coordination, buildout requirements, and operating requirements each ensure availability of licenses and encourage efficient use of spectrum. First, FCC's requirement to coordinate new links wi...
Commercial Spectrum: Plans and Actions to Meet Future Needs, Including Continued Use of Auctions
GAO-12-118: Published: Nov 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2011.
Since 1994, FCC has made over 520 megahertz (a measure of quantity) of spectrum available for new uses, such as wireless broadband, through a process that can be lengthy. Because most of the usable spectrum in the United States has been allocated to existing uses, FCC must change its rules to move spectrum from an existing use to a new use, a process known as repurposing spectrum. Yet, this proces...
FCC: Non-Voice, Non-Geostationary Mobile Satellite Service
OGC-98-11: Published: Nov 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on non-voice, non-geosynchronous mobile satellite service. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would specify a spectrum sharing plan and service rules for applicants in the non-voice, non-geosynchronous mobile satellite service second processing round; and (2) FCC complied with applicable requireme...
CEC Sale of Federal Spectrum
NSIAD-97-40R: Published: Nov 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1996.
GAO provided information on the effects of the transfer of certain radio frequencies on the Navy's Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Program. GAO noted that: (1) the government conducts about 90 percent of its radio frequency operations below 3.1 gigahertz, but only has exclusive use of 17 percent of the spectrum; (2) the federal government is required to provide a span of radio frequencies...
FCC: Redesignating and Reallocating Frequency Bands and Establishing Rules and Policies for Local Multipoint Distribution Service and Fixed Satellite Services
OGC-96-44: Published: Sep 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on redesignating and reallocating certain frequency bands and establishing rules and policies for certain service providers. GAO found that: (1) the rule would allow the development of the 28 GHz band for the use of various wireless systems and permit the licensing of local multipoint distrib...
Telecommunications: Competition in the Mobile Communications Industry
T-RCED-96-20: Published: Oct 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1995.
GAO discussed some of the key changes occurring in the cellular telephone industry and their impact on competition. GAO noted that: (1) Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have increased the amount of radio spectrum available for mobile telecommunications and have allowed new companies to provide these services; (2) the use of digital technology will result in greater utilizat...
Telecommunications: Competition in the Cellular Telephone Service Industry
T-RCED-92-72: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1992.
GAO discussed competition in the cellular telephone industry. GAO noted that: (1) since two firms provide service in the cellular market, it is unlikely that the industry's pricing will be competitive; (2) resellers buy blocks of cellular service at wholesale rates, but do not own or operate cellular systems or compete with the two major carriers at the wholesale level, a situation that does not l...
U.S. Communications Policy: Issues for the 1990s
IMTEC-91-52B: Published: Sep 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1991.
GAO provided a publication presenting the panel discussions of nationally acknowledged experts who attended a GAO-sponsored conference on communications technology.GAO noted that the panel discussions addressed such policy issues as: (1) how the communications infrastructure should develop to promote innovation and maximize the benefits of competition; (2) the role of communications policy in prom...
U.S. Communications Policy: Issues for the 1990s
IMTEC-91-52A: Published: Sep 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1991.
GAO sponsored a conference on communications technology, focusing on: (1) how the communications infrastructure should develop to promote innovation and maximize the benefits of competition; (2) the role of communications policy in promoting economic growth in the United States and competition abroad; (3) how the United States should allocate the electromagnetic spectrum to effectively support the...