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Spectrum Management: Preliminary Findings on Federal Relocation Costs and Auction Revenues
GAO-13-563T: Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2013.
Actual costs to relocate federal users from the 1710-1755 megahertz (MHz) band have exceeded the original $1 billion estimate by about $474 million as of March 2013, although auction revenues appear to exceed relocation costs by over $5 billion. Actual relocation costs exceed estimated costs for various reasons, including unforeseen challenges and some agencies not following the National Telecommu...
911 Services: Most States Used 911 Funds for Intended Purposes, but FCC Could Improve Its Reporting on States' Use of Funds
GAO-13-376: Published: Apr 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2013.
Although states faced challenges and delays in the past, states have made significant progress implementing wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) since 2003. Wireless E911 deployment usually proceeds through two phases: Phase I provides general caller location information by identifying the cell tower or cell site that is receiving the wireless call; Phase II provides more precise caller-location informati...
Communications Networks: Outcome-Based Measures Would Assist DHS in Assessing Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Efforts
GAO-13-275: Published: Apr 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2013.
While the primary responsibility for protecting the nation's communications networks belongs to private-sector owners and operators, federal agencies also play a role in support of their security, as well as that of critical components supporting the Internet. Specifically, private-sector entities are responsible for the operational security of the networks they own, but the Federal Communications...
Broadcast and Cable Television: Requirements for Identifying Sponsored Programming Should Be Clarified
GAO-13-237: Published: Jan 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2013.
Sponsorship identification statutes and regulations, overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), require broadcasters to identify commercial content--usually an advertisement, an embedded advertisement, or a video news release--that has been broadcast in exchange for payment or other consideration. A written or verbal sponsorship announcement must be made at least once during any spon...
Spectrum Management: Further Consideration of Options to Improve Receiver Performance Needed
GAO-13-265: Published: Feb 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 2013.
Manufacturers and commercial licensees have taken a variety of actions to improve receiver performance. For some services, industry associations-- comprised of manufacturers, commercial licensees, and others--have developed voluntary standards that are often used to design and procure receivers, such as those in cell phones and televisions, and to help improve receiver performance. Stakeholders al...
Information Security: Federal Communications Commission Needs to Strengthen Controls over Enhanced Secured Network Project
GAO-13-155: Published: Jan 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2013.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not effectively implement appropriate information security controls in the initial components of the Enhanced Secured Network (ESN) project. Although FCC took steps to enhance its ability to control and monitor its network for security threats, weaknesses identified in the commission's deployment of components of the ESN project as of August 2012 res...
Broadcasting Board of Governors: Additional Steps Needed to Address Overlap in International Broadcasting
GAO-13-172: Published: Jan 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2013.
Nearly two-thirds of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) language services--offices that produce content for particular languages and regions-- overlap with another BBG service by providing programs to the same countries in the same languages. GAO identified 23 instances of overlap involving 43 of BBG's 69 services. For example, in 8 instances involving 16 services, a Voice of America servic...
DISH Network Complied with the Court-Appointed Special Master's Examination of Its Compliance with the Section 119 Statutory License
GAO-13-169R: Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
GAO found that DISH complied with the Special Master's examination. DISH provided the Special Master with information on its subscribers and royalty payments, and cooperated on a survey of all major network-affiliated broadcast stations nationwide. Since our March 23, 2012, report, the Special Master issued a report noting that there was no substantial evidence of improprieties by DISH regarding t...
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...
Spectrum Management: Incentives, Opportunities, and Testing Needed to Enhance Spectrum Sharing
GAO-13-7: Published: Nov 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2012.
Some spectrum users may lack incentive to share spectrum or otherwise use it efficiently, and federal agencies and private users currently cannot easily identify spectrum available for sharing. Typically, paying the market price for a good or service helps to inform users of the value of the good and provides an incentive for efficient use. Federal agencies, however, pay only a small fee to the NT...