Telecommunications industry (41 - 50 of 96 items)
Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) Implementation Issues
GAO-01-958R: Published: Jul 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2001.
The General Services Administration (GSA) began its Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) program in 1997 to achieve immediate, substantial, and sustained price reductions for local voice and selected data communications services in selected metropolitan areas. As of June 2001, GSA has awarded 37 MAA contracts for 20 metropolitan areas. The transition from existing GSA contracts to the MAA contracts...
Telecommunications: Research and Regulatory Efforts on Mobile Phone Health Issues
GAO-01-545: Published: May 7, 2001. Publicly Released: May 22, 2001.
The consensus of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization, and other major health agencies is that the research to date does not show radiofrequency energy emitted from mobile phones has harmful health effects, but there is not yet enough information to conclude that they pose no risk. Although most of the epidemiological and laboratory studies done on this issue have...
FTS 2001: Contract Transition Delays and Their Impact on Program Goals
GAO-01-544T: Published: Apr 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2001.
This testimony discusses the status of the FTS 2001 long distance telecommunication program. The General Services Administration (GSA) failed to meet its goal of completing the transition from FTS 2000 to the FTS 2001 contracts by December 6, 2000. Several factors contributed to the delays, including staffing shortages and turnover, contractor billing problems, and contract-related modifications....
FTS2001: Transition Challenges Jeopardize Program Goals
GAO-01-289: Published: Mar 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2001.
Telecommunications services are increasingly critical to transforming the way the federal government does business; communicates internally and externally; and interacts with citizens, industry, and state, local, and foreign governments. Electronic government services based on reliable, secure, and cost-effective telecommunications can enable agencies to streamline the way they do business, reduce...
Telecommunications: Technological and Regulatory Factors Affecting Consumer Choice of Internet Providers
GAO-01-93: Published: Oct 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2000.
The degree of consumer choice among Internet providers has emerged as a key public policy issue. Because laws and regulations governing these different networks were generally tailored to the specific services each network originally supported, different types of communications providers are held to different rules when providing physical transport to the Internet. As a result of both technology a...
Telecommunications: Issues Related to Local Telephone Service
RCED-00-237: Published: Aug 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on developments in the local telephone service market, focusing on the: (1) number of rural access lines that have been sold since the Telecommunications Act's passage by large incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC); (2) development of digital subscriber line (DSL) technology and the basis for variations in its rate of deployment; and...
Federal Communications Commission: Extending Wireless Telecommunications Services to Tribal Lands
OGC-00-55: Published: Aug 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on extending wireless telecommunications services to tribal lands. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would provide incentives for wireless telecommunications carriers to serve individuals living on tribal lands; and (2) FCC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule...
FTS2001: Improving the Revenue Estimation Process
AIMD-00-147R: Published: May 8, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) revenue estimation process for its Federal Technology Service (FTS) 2001 long-distance telecommunications services program.GAO noted that: (1) GSA's process produced a reasonable estimate of program revenues; (2) however, GAO found weaknesses in the GSA process that, although not significantly affecting t...
Telecommunications: GSA's Estimates of FTS2001 Revenues Are Reasonable
AIMD-00-123: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) estimates of the Federal Technology Service (FTS) 2001 revenues and the implications of allowing other service providers to compete in the FTS 2001 market, focusing on: (1) the percentage of FTS 2001 contracts that are minimum revenue guarantees (MRG); (2) when MRGs are likely to be satisfied; (3) the fac...
Telecommunications: Development of Competition in Local Telephone Markets
RCED-00-38: Published: Jan 25, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the development of competition in telecommunications markets, focusing on the: (1) development of competition in local telephone markets and the market strategies employed by new carriers in five states under the 1996 Telecommunications Act; and (2) key issues affecting that development and the enforcement activities of federal and s...