Telecommunications industry (11 - 15 of 15 items)
Telecommunications: Options for and Barriers to Spectrum Reform
GAO-06-526T: Published: Mar 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2006.
The radio-frequency spectrum is used to provide an array of wireless communications services that are critical to the U.S. economy and various government missions, such as national security. With demand for spectrum exploding, and most useable spectrum allocated to existing users, there is growing concern that the current spectrum management framework might not be able to respond adequately to fut...
Telecommunications: Concerns Regarding the Structure and FCC's Management of the E-Rate Program
GAO-05-439T: Published: Mar 16, 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, 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 that there...
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: FCC Should Include Call Quality in Its Annual Report on Competition in Mobile Phone Services
GAO-03-501: Published: Apr 28, 2003. Publicly Released: May 5, 2003.
Over the past decade, Americans have come to rely increasingly on mobile phones to meet their business and personal needs. However, because of the nature of radio transmission and other constraints, consumers are not always able to complete calls or to hear their calls clearly. As reliance on mobile phones has increased, state officials, consumer groups, the media, and others have raised concerns...
Governmentwide Initiatives: Critical Issues Facing the Post-FTS 2000 Program
T-AIMD-95-108: Published: Mar 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1995.
GAO discussed the critical issues facing the Post-Federal Telecommunications Systems 2000 (Post-FTS 2000) Program. GAO noted that: (1) few federal users and industry officials favor the mandaatory use of Post-FTS 2000, because they believe it is inherently anticompetitive and could result in higher prices; (2) Post-FTS 2000 program management remains an open issue since several officials have ques...