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Telecommunications: Improved Management Can Enhance FCC Decision Making for the Universal Service Fund Low-Income Program
GAO-11-11: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2010.
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Low-Income Program, administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and supported by the Universal Service Fund (USF), provides low-income households with discounts on installation costs for new telephone service and monthly charges for basic telephone service. In this requested report, GAO examined (1) how program participation and...
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: FCC Should Assess the Design of the E-rate Program's Internal Control Structure
GAO-10-908: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2010.
Since 1998, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism--commonly known as the "E-rate" program--has been a significant federal source of technology funding for schools and libraries. FCC designated the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to administer the program. As requested, GAO examined the system of internal controls in...
Telecommunications: Long-Term Strategic Vision Would Help Ensure Targeting of E-rate Funds to Highest-Priority Uses
GAO-09-253: Published: Mar 27, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2009.
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism--also known as the E-rate program--is a significant source of federal funding for information technology for schools and libraries, providing about $2 billion a year. As requested, GAO assessed issues related to the E-rate program's long-term goals, including (1) key trends in the demand for and...
Telecommunications: Information on Participation in the E-rate Program (GAO-09-254SP, March 2009), an e-supplement to GAO-09-253
GAO-09-254SP: Published: Apr 27, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2009.
This e-supplement provides information on participation in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Schools and Libraries Program Universal Service Support Mechanism--commonly known as the E-rate program--which makes funding available to schools and libraries for telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal wiring and components needed for data transmission. The e-supplement inc...
Digital Television Transition: Information on the Implementation of the Converter Box Subsidy Program and Consumer Participation in the Program
GAO-08-1181T: Published: Sep 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 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...
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Performance Management and Strengthen Oversight of the High-Cost Program
GAO-08-633: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
In the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act), the Congress said that consumers in "rural, insular, and high-cost areas" should have access to services and rates that are "reasonably comparable" to those in urban areas. To implement the 1996 Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) modified and expanded the high-cost program. The program provides funding to some telecommunications carri...
Telecommunications: Survey of State Regulatory Commissions (GAO-08-662SP, June 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-633
GAO-08-662SP: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state regulatory commissions were given primary responsibility for determining whether a telecommunications carrier is eligible to participate in and receive support from the federal Universal Service Fund's High-Cost Program. We conducted an Internet-based survey of state regulatory commissions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia to better under...
Digital Television Transition: Majority of Broadcasters Are Prepared for the DTV Transition, but Some Technical and Coordination Issues Remain
GAO-08-510: Published: Apr 30, 2008. Publicly Released: May 20, 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 by February 17, 2009, known as the digital television (DTV) transition. Prior to the transition date, the television broadcast industry must take a series of actions to ensure that over-the-air programming will continue to be available to te...
Social Security Administration Field Offices: Reduced Workforce Faces Challenges as Baby Boomers Retire
GAO-08-737T: Published: May 8, 2008. Publicly Released: May 8, 2008.
Millions of people rely on the services of Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices. In fiscal year 2007, SSA's approximately 1,300 field offices provided service to about 42 million customers. People use these offices to apply for Social Security cards, apply for retirement and disability benefits, establish direct deposit, and a host of other services. While customers may conduct their...