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Telecommunications: Subscriber Rates and Competition in the Cable Television Industry
GAO-04-262T: Published: Mar 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2004.
In recent years, rates for cable service have increased at a faster pace than the general rate of inflation. GAO agreed to (1) examine the impact of competition on cable rates and service, (2) assess the reliability of information contained in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) annual cable rate report, (3) examine the causes of recent cable rate increases, (4) assess the impact of owne...
Telecommunications: Wire-Based Competition Benefited Consumers In Selected Markets
GAO-04-241: Published: Feb 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
One of the primary purposes of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to promote competition in telecommunication markets, but wire-based competition has not developed as fully as expected. However, a new kind of entrant, called broadband service providers (BSP), offers an alternative wire- based option for local telephone, subscription television, and high- speed Internet services to consumers in...
Telecommunications: Issues Related to Competition and Subscriber Rates in the Cable Television Industry
GAO-04-8: Published: Oct 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2003.
Over 70 million American households receive television service from a cable television operator. In recent years, rates for cable service have increased at a faster pace than the general rate of inflation. GAO agreed to (1) examine the impact of competition on cable rates and service, (2) assess the reliability of information contained in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) annual cable...
Telecommunications: Cellular Service Competition
T-RCED-93-3: Published: Jan 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1993.
GAO discussed the competitive structure of the cellular telephone service industry and whether the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) policies ensure the availability of cellular services at competitive prices. GAO noted that: (1) a market in which only two firms provide a service is unlikely to have competitive prices because the firms may have incentives to recognize their interdependence...
Telecommunications: 1991 Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services
RCED-91-195: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on cable television rates and services, focusing on: (1) changes in basic cable television rates for both the lowest priced service and the most popular service available to cable subscribers; (2) the number of channels offered; (3) the levels of service offered; and (4) the overall revenue to cable system operators per subscriber.GAO f...
Follow-up National Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services
T-RCED-90-89: Published: Jun 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1990.
GAO discussed cable television rates and services. GAO found that: (1) basic rates have continued to increase at a significant rate; (2) in 1989 cable subscribers' average monthly rates for the lowest-priced basic service increased by 10 percent; (3) average monthly rates for the most popular basic service also increased about 10 percent; (4) cable subscribers received additional basic channels to...
Telecommunications: Follow-Up National Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services
RCED-90-199: Published: Jun 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on cable television rates and services.GAO found that: (1) in 1989, cable rates and services continued to increase; (2) there was little change in the extent to which services offered as options at extra charge in 1988 were being offered as part of basic service in 1989; (3) rates for premium services have decreased slightly since dereg...
Telephone Communications: Issues Affecting Rural Telephone Service
RCED-87-74: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) efforts to track and evaluate the effects of its regulatory decisions on telephone service to rural areas; and (2) the key issues and problems facing rural telephone companies and subscribers.GAO found that, although FCC issued regulatory decisions designed to price telephone service more compet...
Selected Information on Bypass of Local Telephone Companies
RCED-86-100: Published: Feb 14, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on residential and business customers' bypass of local telephone company services, focusing on: (1) two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports on bypass; (2) two nationwide bypass simulation studies; and (3) FCC and state bypass monitoring activities.GAO noted that: (1) bypass occurs when customers use alternatives to local tel...
Regulating Domestic Telecommunications Common Carriers
116445: Sep 24, 1981
In a review of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) regulatory program, GAO assessed the methods used by FCC for implementing a system of price/earnings for common carriers and examined the actions FCC has taken to prevent anticompetitive behavior against new entrants. Over the past 20 years, FCC decisions have allowed competition into the manufacture of telecommunications terminal equipm...