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Video Marketplace: Competition Is Evolving, and Government Reporting Should Be Reevaluated
GAO-13-576: Published: Jun 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2013.
Since GAO reported on competition in 2005, competition among video content producers is little changed, while competition among distributors has increased. According to data cited by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), seven companies' broadcast and cable networks accounted for about 95 percent of all television viewing hours in the United States. Further, ownership of broadcast and cable...
911 Services: Most States Used 911 Funds for Intended Purposes, but FCC Could Improve Its Reporting on States' Use of Funds
GAO-13-376: Published: Apr 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2013.
Although states faced challenges and delays in the past, states have made significant progress implementing wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) since 2003. Wireless E911 deployment usually proceeds through two phases: Phase I provides general caller location information by identifying the cell tower or cell site that is receiving the wireless call; Phase II provides more precise caller-location informati...
Spectrum Management: Further Consideration of Options to Improve Receiver Performance Needed
GAO-13-265: Published: Feb 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 2013.
Manufacturers and commercial licensees have taken a variety of actions to improve receiver performance. For some services, industry associations-- comprised of manufacturers, commercial licensees, and others--have developed voluntary standards that are often used to design and procure receivers, such as those in cell phones and televisions, and to help improve receiver performance. Stakeholders al...
Spectrum Management: Incentives, Opportunities, and Testing Needed to Enhance Spectrum Sharing
GAO-13-7: Published: Nov 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2012.
Some spectrum users may lack incentive to share spectrum or otherwise use it efficiently, and federal agencies and private users currently cannot easily identify spectrum available for sharing. Typically, paying the market price for a good or service helps to inform users of the value of the good and provides an incentive for efficient use. Federal agencies, however, pay only a small fee to the NT...
Commercial Spectrum: Plans and Actions to Meet Future Needs, Including Continued Use of Auctions
GAO-12-118: Published: Nov 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2011.
Since 1994, FCC has made over 520 megahertz (a measure of quantity) of spectrum available for new uses, such as wireless broadband, through a process that can be lengthy. Because most of the usable spectrum in the United States has been allocated to existing uses, FCC must change its rules to move spectrum from an existing use to a new use, a process known as repurposing spectrum. Yet, this proces...
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: 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...
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: Current Broadband Measures Have Limitations and New Measures Are Promising but Need Improvement
GAO-10-49: Published: Oct 9, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2009.
The Broadband Data Improvement Act, enacted in 2008, established a variety of initiatives intended to improve the quality of state and federal data on broadband (i.e., high-speed Internet) services and promote the deployment (the building of infrastructure over which broadband services can be provided) of affordable broadband services to all parts of the nation. The act required GAO to conduct a s...