Telecommunications (21 - 30 of 37 items)
Telecommunications: Greater Involvement Needed by FCC in the Management and Oversight of the E-Rate Program
GAO-05-151: Published: Feb 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2005.
Since 1998, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-rate program has committed more than $13 billion to help schools and libraries acquire Internet and telecommunications services. Recently, however, allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse by some E-rate program participants have come to light. As steward of the program, FCC must ensure that participants use E-rate funds appropriately and t...
Telecommunications: GSA Has Made Progress Planning for a New Governmentwide Program, But Critical Issues Remain
GAO-05-361T: Published: Mar 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2005.
In October 2003, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for information describing its plans for a new governmentwide telecommunications program known as Networx, which is to replace expiring contracts. The program consists of two simultaneous acquisitions: Networx Universal, which is to provide a full range of national and international network services across the United State...
Telecommunications: Wire-Based Competition Benefited Consumers In Selected Markets
GAO-04-241: Published: Feb 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
One of the primary purposes of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to promote competition in telecommunication markets, but wire-based competition has not developed as fully as expected. However, a new kind of entrant, called broadband service providers (BSP), offers an alternative wire- based option for local telephone, subscription television, and high- speed Internet services to consumers in...
Telecommunications: Technological and Regulatory Factors Affecting Consumer Choice of Internet Providers
GAO-01-93: Published: Oct 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2000.
The degree of consumer choice among Internet providers has emerged as a key public policy issue. Because laws and regulations governing these different networks were generally tailored to the specific services each network originally supported, different types of communications providers are held to different rules when providing physical transport to the Internet. As a result of both technology a...
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: GSA's Estimates of FTS2001 Revenues Are Reasonable
AIMD-00-123: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) estimates of the Federal Technology Service (FTS) 2001 revenues and the implications of allowing other service providers to compete in the FTS 2001 market, focusing on: (1) the percentage of FTS 2001 contracts that are minimum revenue guarantees (MRG); (2) when MRGs are likely to be satisfied; (3) the fac...
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...
Federal Communications Commission: MDS and ITFS Two-Way Transmissions
OGC-99-23: Published: Dec 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS) and Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) two-way transmissions. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would permit multichannel MDS and ITFS licensees to make more flexible use of their 6 megahertz (MHz) channels through the use of digital technology;...
FCC: Development of Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Public Safety Agency Communication Requirements Through 2010, Establishment of Rules and Requirements for Priority Access Service
OGC-99-14: Published: Nov 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the development of technical and spectrum requirements for meeting federal, state, and local public safety agency communication requirements through the year 2010. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would establish a band plan and adopt service rules to begin the process of assigning licenses fo...
FCC: Installment Payment Financing for Personal Communications Services Licensees
OGC-98-43: Published: Apr 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on installment payment financing for personal communications services (PCS) licensees. GAO noted that: (1) the new rule would make certain modifications designed to provide C block licensees greater flexibility in making their elections; (2) the rule would allow existing licensees greater abi...