Television (1 - 10 of 10 items)
Telecommunications: Information on Low Power Television, FCC's Spectrum Incentive Auction, and Unlicensed Spectrum Use
GAO-17-135: Published: Dec 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2016.
As of May 2016, there were 2,063 low power television (LPTV) stations and 3,660 translator stations in the United States and its territories, serving diverse communities. However, some LPTV and translator stations may be displaced and need to find a new channel or discontinue operation after the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ongoing incentive auction of broadcast television spectrum. B...
Broadband Internet: FCC Should Track the Application of Fixed Internet Usage-Based Pricing and Help Improve Consumer Education
GAO-15-108: Published: Nov 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2014.
Based on an analysis of consumer data plans of the top 13 fixed—in home—and 4 mobile Internet providers, GAO found that mobile providers employ usage-based pricing (UBP) more commonly than fixed. Under UBP, providers can charge varying prices, change connection speeds, or take other actions based on Internet data consumed. The 4 largest mobile providers in the country all use UBP to some exten...
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...
Emergency Alerting: Capabilities Have Improved, but Additional Guidance and Testing Are Needed
GAO-13-375: Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: May 23, 2013.
Since 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has taken actions to improve the capabilities of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and to increase federal, state, and local capabilities to alert the public, but barriers remain to fully implementing an integrated system. Specifically, IPAWS has the capability to receive and authenticate Internet-based alerts from fed...
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: Issues in Providing Cable and Satellite Television Services
GAO-03-130: Published: Oct 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2002.
Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television service has grown to become the principal competitor to cable television systems. In October 2001, the two primary DBS companies, EchoStar and DirecTV, proposed a merger plan that is pending before the Department of Justice and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it had declined to approve. GAO was asked to examine se...
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: Implementation of Competitive Bidding for Commercial Broadcast and Instructional Television Fixed Service Licenses
OGC-98-76: Published: Sep 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the implementation of competitive bidding for commercial broadcast and instructional television fixed service licenses. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would adopt procedures for auctioning pending and future mutually exclusive applications for construction permits in the various commercial b...
FCC: Reallocation of TV Channels 60-69, the 746-806 MHz Band
OGC-98-31: Published: Feb 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) new rule governing reallocation of television channels 60-69, the 746-806 band. GAO noted that: (1) the new rule would reallocate the current television channels 60-69 for public safety fixed and mobile services on a primary basis and the remaining 36 megahertz of channels 60-69 to fixed and mobile comm...