Private sector (11 - 20 of 81 items)
Digital Television Transition: Information on the Implementation of the Converter Box Subsidy Program and Consumer Participation in the Program
GAO-08-1161T: Published: Sep 16, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2008.
The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires all full-power television stations in the United States to cease analog broadcasting after February 17, 2009, known as the digital television (DTV) transition. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for implementing a subsidy program to provide households with up to two $40 coupon...
Digital Television Transition: Increased Federal Planning and Risk Management Could Further Facilitate the DTV Transition
GAO-08-43: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.
The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires all full-power television stations to cease analog broadcasting by February 17, 2009. Following this digital television transition, consumers who receive over-the-air television signals on analog sets will need to take action to be able to view digital broadcasts. The act also requires the National Telecommunications and Info...
Digital Television Transition: Questions on the DTV Converter Box Subsidy Program and a DTV Inter-Agency Task Force
GAO-08-297R: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2007.
This letter responds to questions from the November 7, 2007, Congressional letter inquiring about issues discussed at the October 17, 2007, hearing before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet on the digital television (DTV) transition. The letter asked if we have concerns about the converter box subsidy program. Congress also asked whether the National Telecommunications and Inf...
Internet Infrastructure: Challenges in Developing a Public/Private Recovery Plan
GAO-08-212T: Published: Oct 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2007.
Since the early 1990s, growth in the use of the Internet has revolutionized the way that our nation communicates and conducts business. While the Internet originated as a U.S. government-sponsored research project, the vast majority of its infrastructure is currently owned and operated by the private sector. Federal policy recognizes the need to prepare for debilitating Internet disruptions and ta...
Digital Television Transition: Preliminary Information on Progress of the DTV Transition
GAO-08-191T: Published: Oct 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2007.
On February 17, 2009, federal law requires all full-power television stations in the United States to cease analog broadcasting, enabling the government to reclaim valuable spectrum that the broadcasters currently use for analog broadcasts. This change, often referred to as the digital television (DTV) transition, requires action by broadcasters and consumers to ensure broadcast television signals...
Digital Television Transition: Preliminary Information on Initial Consumer Education Efforts
GAO-07-1248T: Published: Sep 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2007.
On February 17, 2009, federal law requires all full-power television stations in the United States to cease analog broadcasting and broadcast digital-only transmissions, often referred to as the digital television (DTV) transition. Federal law also requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to create a program that subsidizes consumers' purchases of digital-to-a...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Progress Coordinating Government and Private Sector Efforts Varies by Sectors' Characteristics
GAO-07-39: Published: Oct 16, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2006.
As Hurricane Katrina so forcefully demonstrated, the nation's critical infrastructures and key resources have been vulnerable to a wide variety of threats. Because about 85 percent of the nation's critical infrastructure is owned by the private sector, it is vital that the public and private sectors work together to protect these assets. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for...
Intellectual Property: Initial Observations on the STOP Initiative and U.S. Border Efforts to Reduce Piracy
GAO-06-1004T: Published: Jul 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2006.
U.S. goods are subject to substantial counterfeiting and piracy, creating health and safety hazards for consumers, damaging victimized companies, and threatening the U.S. economy. In 2004, the Bush administration launched the Strategy for Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP)--a multi-agency effort to better protect intellectual property (IP) by combating piracy and counterfeiting. This testimony, bas...
Social Security Numbers: More Could be Done to Protect SSNs
GAO-06-586T: Published: Mar 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2006.
In 1936, the Social Security Administration established the Social Security number (SSN) to track worker's earnings for Social Security benefit purposes. Since its creation, the SSN has evolved beyond its original purpose and has become the identifier of choice for public and private sector entities. Today, the SSN is a key piece of information often sought by identity thieves. Once the SSN is obt...
Social Security Numbers: Stronger Protections Needed When Contractors Have Access to SSNs
GAO-06-238: Published: Jan 23, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2006.
Recent data breaches highlight how identity theft may occur when businesses share individuals' personal information, including Social Security Numbers (SSNs), with contractors. Because private sector entities are more likely to share consumers' personal information via contractors, members of Congress raised concerns about the protection of this information in contractual relationships. In respons...