Small business (1 - 8 of 8 items)
Telecommunications: Federal Broadband Deployment Programs and Small Business
GAO-14-203: Published: Feb 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2014.
Federally funded programs to expand broadband access encompass but do not specifically target small businesses. These programs—the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program, Community Connect Grants, Connect America Fund, Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, and Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program—have eligibility requiremen...
Intellectual Property: Economic Arrangements Among Small Webcasters and Third Parties and Their Effect on Royalties
GAO-04-700: Published: Jun 1, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2004.
The emergence of webcasting as a means of transmitting audio and video content over the Internet has led to concerns about copyright protection and the payment of royalties to those who own the recording copyrights. Arriving at an acceptable rate for calculating royalties has been particularly challenging. Under the Small Webcaster Settlement Act of 2002, small commercial webcasters reached an agr...
Telecommunications: Issues Related to Local Telephone Service
RCED-00-237: Published: Aug 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on developments in the local telephone service market, focusing on the: (1) number of rural access lines that have been sold since the Telecommunications Act's passage by large incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC); (2) development of digital subscriber line (DSL) technology and the basis for variations in its rate of deployment; and...
Telecommunications: Update on State-Level Cramming Complaints and Enforcement Actions
RCED-00-68: Published: Jan 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information from state and federal agencies on the number of cramming complaints nationwide, focusing on: (1) determining whether they were seeing an increase or decrease in cramming complaints during 1999; (2) learning whether they were taking additional actions to protect consumers from cramming; and (3) obtaining updated information about their...
Telecommunications: Overview of the Cramming Problem
T-RCED-00-28: Published: Oct 25, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Internet-related cramming, which is the inclusion of unauthorized, misleading, or deceptive charges on a consumer's telephone bill, focusing on: (1) the extent of cramming complaints; (2) state and federal regulatory initiatives to protect consumers from cramming; and (3) state and federal enforcement actions against companies engaged in cramming...
FWS: Migratory Bird Hunting--Late Seasons and Bag Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds
OGC-99-19: Published: Nov 27, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) new rule on migratory bird hunting and late seasons and bag and possession limits for certain migratory game birds. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise the rule published on September 29, 1998, to extend the season dates for the state of Mississippi, while reducing the maximum season length from 60 to 5...
FCC: Rules and Policies for Local Multipoint Distribution Service and for Fixed Satellite Services
OGC-98-53: Published: May 28, 1998. Publicly Released: May 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on local multipoint distribution service (LMDS) and fixed satellite services. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would facilitate more effective use of the microwave radio spectrum by permitting the partitioning of a licensee's authorized geographic service area and disaggregation or assignment of...
FCC: Service and Auction Rules for the 38.6-40.0 GHz Frequency Band
OGC-98-29: Published: Feb 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on service and auction rules for the 38.6-40.0 GHz frequency band. GAO noted that: (1) the new rule would amend FCC's rules to facilitate more effective use of the 39 GHz band by implementing a number of improvements; (2) in addition, the regulatory framework for the 39 GHz band would be expa...