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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...
Spectrum Management: Federal Government's Use of Spectrum and Preliminary Information on Spectrum Sharing
GAO-12-1018T: Published: Sep 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2012.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for governmentwide federal spectrum management, but GAO reported in 2011 that NTIAs efforts in this area had been limited. In 2003, the President directed NTIA to develop plans identifying federal and nonfederal spectrum needs, and in 2008, NTIA issued the federal plan. GAO found it did not identify governme...
Telecommunications: Survey of State Public Utility Commissions (GAO-11-13SP, October 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-11-11
GAO-11-13SP: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2010.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-11-11. This e-supplement provides the results of a survey of state public utility commissions about the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Universal Service Fund (USF) Low-Income Program which provides discounts on telephone installation and monthly telephone service to qualifying low-income consumers...
Telecommunications: Weaknesses in Procedures and Performance Management Hinder Junk Fax Enforcement
GAO-06-425: Published: Apr 5, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2006.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 prohibited invasive telemarketing practices, including the faxing of unsolicited advertisements, known as "junk faxes," to individual consumers and businesses. Junk faxes create costs for consumers (paper and toner) and disrupt their fax operations. The Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005 clarified an established business relationship exemption, specified...
FTS2001: Improving the Revenue Estimation Process
AIMD-00-147R: Published: May 8, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) revenue estimation process for its Federal Technology Service (FTS) 2001 long-distance telecommunications services program.GAO noted that: (1) GSA's process produced a reasonable estimate of program revenues; (2) however, GAO found weaknesses in the GSA process that, although not significantly affecting t...
Telecommunications: FCC Does Not Know if All Required Fees Are Collected
RCED-99-216: Published: Aug 31, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the effectiveness of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) fee collection activities, focusing on: (1) FCC's controls for ensuring that required regulatory and application fees are paid; and (2) the extent to which FCC is collecting the civil monetary penalties resulting from its enforcement actions against entities that have...
Telephone Communications: Controlling Cross-Subsidy Between Regulated and Competitive Services
RCED-88-34: Published: Oct 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed implementation of accounting controls to prevent cross-subsidization between regulated and nonregulated telephone service in order to facilitate competition among telephone companies.GAO found that: (1) the FCC allocation process was inefficient because it impeded companies from offering new...
Organizing the Federal Communications Commission for Greater Management and Regulatory Effectiveness
CED-79-107: Published: Jul 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1979.
There is substantial merit in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) form of organization for regulating domestic and international communications, a complex and politically sensitive area. Technological changes in the communications industry have prompted a critical reexamination of basic communications policy and regulatory methods contained in the enabling legislation of FCC.Many of the...