Telecommunications industry (21 - 30 of 34 items)
U.S. Postal Service: Postal and Telecommunications Sector Representation in International Organizations
GGD-99-6BR: Published: Oct 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on U.S. representation in two international organizations: (1) the Universal Postal Union (UPU); and (2) the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).GAO noted that: (1) differences in the roles of government agencies in U.S. international policy development for the postal and telecommunications sectors were related to the agencies'...
FCC: Competitive Service Safeguards for Local Exchange Carrier Provision of Commercial Mobile Radio Services and Implementation of Section 601(d) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
OGC-98-21: Published: Dec 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) new rule on competitive service safeguards for local exchange carrier provision of commercial mobile radio services and implementation of Section 601(d) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would modify the current structural separation requirement for the provision of cel...
FCC: Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Market
OGC-98-19: Published: Dec 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on foreign participation in the U.S. telecommunications market. GAO noted that the: (1) rule would adopt a new standard for foreign participation in the United States telecommunications market in light of the World Trade Organization agreement concluded on February 1, 1997; (2) rule removes t...
Telecommunications: Competition Issues in International Satellite Communications
RCED-97-1: Published: Oct 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the institutional framework for providing international communications satellite services, focusing on: (1) the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (Immarsat); (2) elements of that framework that appear to hinder competition; and (3) key options that could resolve th...
FCC: Interconnection and Resale Obligations Pertaining to Commercial Mobile Radio Services
OGC-96-32: Published: Aug 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on commercial mobile radio services interconnection and resale obligations. GAO found that: (1) the transitional rule would require all cellular and broadband personal communications services and certain specialized mobile radio providers to permit unlimited resale of their services and elimi...
Telecommunications: Competition in the Mobile Communications Industry
T-RCED-96-20: Published: Oct 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1995.
GAO discussed some of the key changes occurring in the cellular telephone industry and their impact on competition. GAO noted that: (1) Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have increased the amount of radio spectrum available for mobile telecommunications and have allowed new companies to provide these services; (2) the use of digital technology will result in greater utilizat...
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: Concerns About Competition in the Cellular Telephone Service Industry
RCED-92-220: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the competitive structure of the cellular telephone service industry, focusing on: (1) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) oversight of the industry; and (2) prospects for additional or enhanced competition.GAO found that: (1) a 1981 FCC order provided for 2 licenses, one reserved for firms not affiliated with land-line tel...
Telecommunications: Competition in the Cellular Telephone Service Industry
T-RCED-92-72: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1992.
GAO discussed competition in the cellular telephone industry. GAO noted that: (1) since two firms provide service in the cellular market, it is unlikely that the industry's pricing will be competitive; (2) resellers buy blocks of cellular service at wholesale rates, but do not own or operate cellular systems or compete with the two major carriers at the wholesale level, a situation that does not l...
Telecommunications: 1991 Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services
T-RCED-91-82: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1991.
GAO discussed its survey of cable rates and services from November 1986 to April 1991, focusing on changes since December 1989. GAO found that: (1) rates to customers continue to rise faster than the rate of inflation, even though they have moderated somewhat; (2) 66 percent of the subscribers for the lowest priced basic cable service incurred rate increases of more than 10 percent between Decembe...