Telecommunications industry (31 - 40 of 96 items)
Federal Communications Commission: Federal Advisory Committees Follow Requirements, but FCC Should Improve Its Process for Appointing Committee Members
GAO-05-36: Published: Dec 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2004.
FCC has regulatory authority over many complex telecommunications issues. To obtain expert advice on these issues, FCC often calls upon its federal advisory committees, comprised mostly of members from industry, private consulting, advocacy groups, and government. These committees must follow the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which sets requirements on the formation and operation of such...
Telecommunications: Intelsat Privatization and the Implementation of the ORBIT Act
GAO-04-891: Published: Sep 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2004.
In 2000, the Congress passed the Open-market Reorganization for the Betterment of International Telecommunications Act (ORBIT Act) to help promote a more competitive global satellite services market. The ORBIT Act called for the full privatization of INTELSAT, a former intergovernmental organization that provided international satellite services. GAO agreed to provide federal officials' and stakeh...
Spectrum Management: Better Knowledge Needed to Take Advantage of Technologies That May Improve Spectrum Efficiency
GAO-04-666: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: May 28, 2004.
Recent advances in technologies that rely on the use of the radiofrequency spectrum have turned science fiction of the past into reality. Cellular telephones, wireless computer networks, global positioning system receivers, and other spectrum-dependent technologies are quickly becoming as common to everyday life as radios and televisions. Further, these technologies have become critical to a varie...
Telecommunications: Subscriber Rates and Competition in the Cable Television Industry
GAO-04-262T: Published: Mar 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2004.
In recent years, rates for cable service have increased at a faster pace than the general rate of inflation. GAO agreed to (1) examine the impact of competition on cable rates and service, (2) assess the reliability of information contained in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) annual cable rate report, (3) examine the causes of recent cable rate increases, (4) assess the impact of owne...
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...
Telecommunications: Better Coordination and Enhanced Accountability Needed to Improve Spectrum Management
GAO-02-906: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2002.
The radiofrequency spectrum is the medium that enables wireless communications of all kinds, such as mobile phone and paging services, radio and television broadcasting, radar, and satellite-based services. As new spectrum-dependent technologies are developed and deployed, the demand for this limited resource has escalated among both government and private sector users. Meeting these needs domesti...
Telecommunications: GSA Action Needs to Realize Benefits of Metropolitan Area Acquisition Program
GAO-02-325: Published: Apr 4, 2002. Publicly Released: May 6, 2002.
The Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) program provides local telecommunications services to federal agencies in certain U.S. cities. The General Services Administration (GSA) began the program in 1997 to achieve immediate, substantial, and sustained price reductions for local telecommunications for agencies; to expand their choices of high-quality services; and to encourage cross-agency sharing...
Telecommunications: Many Broadcasters Will Not Meet May 2002 Digital Television Deadline
GAO-02-466: Published: Apr 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
U. S. broadcast television stations are now switching from analog to digital television (DTV). The transition to digital technologies was sought by many broadcasters and was mandated by Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). FCC established 2006 as the target date for ending analog transmissions---a deadline later codified by Congress. At least 24 percent of all commercial telev...
Telecommunications: Federal and State Universal Service Programs and Challenges to Funding
GAO-02-187: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2002.
"Universal service" means providing residential customers with affordable, nationwide access to basic phone service. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 extended support for universal service to eligible schools, libraries, and rural health care providers. Universal service programs are generally funded by mandatory contributions from telecommunications companies. New technologies, however, are put...