Telecommunications industry (1 - 10 of 34 items)
Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response
GAO-15-441: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
Broadcast industry stakeholders that GAO interviewed (including national broadcast networks, such as ABC, and local television stations) report that the exclusivity rules are needed to protect local television stations' contractual rights to be the exclusive providers of network content, such as primetime dramas, and syndicated content, such as game shows, in their markets. These stakeholders repo...
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 Could Help FCC Better Monitor Competition in the Wireless Industry
GAO-10-779: Published: Jul 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2010.
Americans increasingly rely on wireless phones, with nearly 40 percent of households now using them primarily or solely. Under federal law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for fostering a competitive wireless marketplace while ensuring that consumers are protected from harmful practices. As requested, this report discusses changes in the wireless industry since 2000, sta...
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Oversight of Wireless Phone Service
GAO-10-34: Published: Nov 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2009.
Americans increasingly rely on wireless phones, with 35 percent of households now primarily or solely using them. Under federal law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for fostering a competitive wireless marketplace while ensuring that consumers are protected from harm. States also have authority to oversee some aspects of service. As requested, this report discusses consu...
Telecommunications: Surveys of Consumers and of State Utility Commissions about Wireless Phone Service (GAO-10-35SP, November 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-10-34
GAO-10-35SP: Published: Nov 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2009.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-10-34. This e-supplement provides information from two surveys: one is a nationwide survey of consumers about their satisfaction with wireless phone service and problems they have experienced with it in recent years, and the other is a survey of state utility commissions about their oversight of this service. We surveyed a nationally representative, randomly selected...
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Performance Management and Strengthen Oversight of the High-Cost Program
GAO-08-633: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
In the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act), the Congress said that consumers in "rural, insular, and high-cost areas" should have access to services and rates that are "reasonably comparable" to those in urban areas. To implement the 1996 Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) modified and expanded the high-cost program. The program provides funding to some telecommunications carri...
Telecommunications: Survey of State Regulatory Commissions (GAO-08-662SP, June 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-633
GAO-08-662SP: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state regulatory commissions were given primary responsibility for determining whether a telecommunications carrier is eligible to participate in and receive support from the federal Universal Service Fund's High-Cost Program. We conducted an Internet-based survey of state regulatory commissions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia to better under...
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Its Ability to Monitor and Determine the Extent of Competition in Dedicated Access Services
GAO-07-80: Published: Nov 29, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 2006.
Government agencies and businesses that require significant capacity to meet voice and data needs depend on dedicated access services. This segment of the telecommunications market generated about $16 billion in revenues for the major incumbent telecommunications firms in 2005. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has historically regulated dedicated access prices. With the Telecommunicatio...
Telecommunications: Options for and Barriers to Spectrum Reform
GAO-06-526T: Published: Mar 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2006.
The radio-frequency spectrum is used to provide an array of wireless communications services that are critical to the U.S. economy and various government missions, such as national security. With demand for spectrum exploding, and most useable spectrum allocated to existing users, there is growing concern that the current spectrum management framework might not be able to respond adequately to fut...
Telecommunications: Strong Support for Extending FCC's Auction Authority Exists, but Little Agreement on Other Options to Improve Efficient Use of Spectrum
GAO-06-236: Published: Dec 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2005.
The radio-frequency spectrum is a natural resource used to provide an array of wireless communications services, such as television broadcasting, which are critical to the U.S. economy and national security. In 1993, the Congress gave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to use competitive bidding, or auctions, to assign spectrum licenses to commercial users. The Commercial Spectr...