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Statutory Copyright Licensing: Implications of a Phaseout on Access to Television Programming and Consumer Prices Are Unclear
GAO-12-75: Published: Nov 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 2011.
Most U.S. households have access to television broadcast programming through cable or satellite services. Cable and satellite operators offer this programming by providing a secondary transmission of the over-the-air programming from television broadcast stations. Three statutory licenses permit operators to offer copyrighted broadcast programming in return for paying a government-set royalty fee...
Telecommunications: Competition, Capacity, and Costs in the Fixed Satellite Services Industry
GAO-11-777: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2011.
Commercial satellites are used by the U.S. government to provide a variety of fixed satellite services, such as military communications. However, the number of satellite operators providing such service has declined since 2000. Further, until recently, three vendors, known as satellite service providers, had sole authority to contract with the Department of Defense (DOD) under its primary satellit...
Telecommunications: Enhanced Data Collection and Analysis Could Inform FCC's Efforts to Complete the Digital Transition of Low-Power Television Stations and Reallocate Spectrum
GAO-11-790: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2011.
Television stations that broadcast at lower power levels were not required to meet the 2009 digital transition deadline for full-power stations. These low-power television stations transmit over a smaller area, and most are less regulated than full-power stations. Low-power television stations use valuable radio frequency spectrum, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) noted the stations...
Children's Television Act: FCC Could Improve Efforts to Oversee Enforcement and Provide Public Information
GAO-11-659: Published: Jul 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2011.
The Children's Television Act of 1990 (CTA) and related Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules restrict advertising during children's programs, whether aired by broadcast stations, cable operators, or satellite providers, and encourage broadcasters to air at least 3 hours per week of educational and informational programming for children (known as "core children's programming"). Broadcaster...
Social Security Statements: Observations on SSA's Plans for the Social Security Statement
GAO-11-787T: Published: Jul 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2011.
The Social Security Statement (the statement) is the federal government's main document for communicating with more than 150 million workers about their Social Security benefits. Provided annually, it serves as a key financial literacy tool that can educate the public about Social Security Administration (SSA) program benefits, aid in financial planning, and ensure that workers' earnings records a...
Public Radio and the Role of Federal Funding
GAO-11-669R: Published: May 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2011.
This report documents information that we presented to Congress on March 31, 2011, in response to a congressional request that we examine the extent to which federal funding is used to support public radio. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) was established pursuant to the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 and receives federal payments through the annual appropriations process. CPB distri...
Spectrum Management: NTIA Planning and Processes Need Strengthening to Promote the Efficient Use of Spectrum by Federal Agencies
GAO-11-352: Published: Apr 12, 2011. Publicly Released: May 12, 2011.
Radio frequency spectrum enables vital wireless communications services used by the federal government, businesses, and consumers. Spectrum capacity is necessary for wireless broadband (high-speed Internet access) and broadband deployment will boost the nation's capabilities in many important areas. As the demand for spectrum continues to increase, there is concern about adequate access to meet fu...
Telecommunications: FCC's Performance Management Weaknesses Could Jeopardize Proposed Reforms of the Rural Health Care Program
GAO-11-27: Published: Nov 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2010.
Telemedicine offers a way to improve health care access for patients in rural areas. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Rural Health Care Program, established in 1997, provides discounts on rural health care providers' telecommunications and information services (primary program) and funds broadband infrastructure and services (pilot program). GAO was asked to review (1) how FCC has man...
Telecommunications: Information on Participation in the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (GAO-11-25SP, November 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-11-27
GAO-11-25SP: Published: Nov 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2010.
This is E-supplement to GAO-11-27. It provides information on participation in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Rural Health Care Pilot Program - a program worth roughly $418 million funded through the Universal Service Fund - which provides funding to selected pilot projects for designing and installing regional and state broadband networks that serve rural health care providers, as...
B-2 Bomber: Review of the Air Force's Decision to Change Extremely High Frequency Satellite Communications Antennas
GAO-11-180R: Published: Dec 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2010.
The B-2 bomber is a low-observable, long-range strike aircraft capable of entering heavily defended areas to deliver both conventional and nuclear weapons. The B-2 currently uses an ultra high frequency (UHF) satellite communications system, but because of aging military satellites, the Air Force determined a new communications system was needed. As a result, the Air Force began an incremental acq...