Competition (21 - 30 of 56 items)
Telecommunications: GSA Needs to Improve Process for Awarding Task Orders for Local Service
GAO-03-369: Published: Apr 4, 2003. Publicly Released: May 5, 2003.
The Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) program, managed by the General Services Administration (GSA), provides local telecommunications services to government agencies in selected metropolitan areas. Of the 25 cities in which MAA contracts were awarded as of January 2003, 15 were awarded to two or more providers. Such multiple-award contracts are a means of promoting competition. To ensure equity...
Telecommunications: Issues in Providing Cable and Satellite Television Services
GAO-03-130: Published: Oct 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2002.
Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television service has grown to become the principal competitor to cable television systems. In October 2001, the two primary DBS companies, EchoStar and DirecTV, proposed a merger plan that is pending before the Department of Justice and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it had declined to approve. GAO was asked to examine se...
Telecommunications: Many Broadcasters Will Not Meet May 2002 Digital Television Deadline
GAO-02-466: Published: Apr 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
U. S. broadcast television stations are now switching from analog to digital television (DTV). The transition to digital technologies was sought by many broadcasters and was mandated by Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). FCC established 2006 as the target date for ending analog transmissions---a deadline later codified by Congress. At least 24 percent of all commercial telev...
Telecommunications: Characteristics and Competitiveness of the Internet Backbone Market
GAO-02-16: Published: Oct 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2001.
Although most Americans are familiar with Internet service providers that give consumers a pathway, or "on-ramp," to the Internet, few are familiar with Internet backbone providers and backbone networks. At the Internet's core are many high-capacity, long-haul "backbone" networks that route data traffic over long distances using high-speed fiber lines. Internet backbone providers compete in the ma...
Telecommunications: Metropolitan Area Acquisition Program Implementation and Management
GAO-01-798T: Published: Jun 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2001.
This testimony discusses the implementation and management of the General Services Administration's (GSA) Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) program, which encourages competition for telecommunication services in large cities. GAO found that as of June 2001, GSA had awarded 37 MAA contracts for 20 metropolitan areas. Existing GSA contracts were to become MAA contracts within nine months after con...
Aviation Competition: Challenges in Enhancing Competition in Dominated Markets
GAO-01-518T: Published: Mar 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2001.
The major network carriers dominate traffic at most of their large hubs and extensive evidence exists that fares in markets where competition is absent are consistently above competitive levels. GAO believes that the oversight scheme contemplated when the industry was deregulated--with antitrust enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and oversight of unfair trade practices by the Departmen...
Telecommunications: Technological and Regulatory Factors Affecting Consumer Choice of Internet Providers
GAO-01-93: Published: Oct 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2000.
The degree of consumer choice among Internet providers has emerged as a key public policy issue. Because laws and regulations governing these different networks were generally tailored to the specific services each network originally supported, different types of communications providers are held to different rules when providing physical transport to the Internet. As a result of both technology a...
Federal Communications Commission: Competitive Bidding Procedures
OGC-00-69: Published: Sep 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on competitive bidding procedures. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would amend FCC's general competitive bidding rules for all auctionable services; and (2) with the exception of the rule's effective date, FCC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule...
Telecommunications: The Effect of Competition From Satellite Providers on Cable Rates
RCED-00-164: Published: Jul 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the effect of competition from satellite providers on cable rates, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the level of subscribership (or penetration) of direct broadcast satellite (DBS) has influenced cable rates; and (2) other key factors that may influence the level of cable rates.GAO noted that: (1) GAO did not find that in calenda...
Telecommunications: Development of Competition in Local Telephone Markets
RCED-00-38: Published: Jan 25, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the development of competition in telecommunications markets, focusing on the: (1) development of competition in local telephone markets and the market strategies employed by new carriers in five states under the 1996 Telecommunications Act; and (2) key issues affecting that development and the enforcement activities of federal and s...