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Telecommunications: Enhanced Data Collection Could Help FCC Better Monitor Competition in the Wireless Industry
GAO-10-779: Published: Jul 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2010.
Americans increasingly rely on wireless phones, with nearly 40 percent of households now using them primarily or solely. Under federal law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for fostering a competitive wireless marketplace while ensuring that consumers are protected from harmful practices. As requested, this report discusses changes in the wireless industry since 2000, sta...
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Oversight of Wireless Phone Service
GAO-10-34: Published: Nov 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2009.
Americans increasingly rely on wireless phones, with 35 percent of households now primarily or solely using them. Under federal law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for fostering a competitive wireless marketplace while ensuring that consumers are protected from harm. States also have authority to oversee some aspects of service. As requested, this report discusses consu...
Telecommunications: Surveys of Consumers and of State Utility Commissions about Wireless Phone Service (GAO-10-35SP, November 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-10-34
GAO-10-35SP: Published: Nov 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2009.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-10-34. This e-supplement provides information from two surveys: one is a nationwide survey of consumers about their satisfaction with wireless phone service and problems they have experienced with it in recent years, and the other is a survey of state utility commissions about their oversight of this service. We surveyed a nationally representative, randomly selected...
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: 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...
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...
Federal Communications Commission: Wireless Radio Services--Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems
OGC-00-8: Published: Nov 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on wireless radio services. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would permit wireless carriers the use of handset-based solutions, or hybrid solutions that require changes both to handsets and wireless networks in providing caller location information as part of Enhanced 911 services; and (2) FCC co...
FCC: Competitive Service Safeguards for Local Exchange Carrier Provision of Commercial Mobile Radio Services and Implementation of Section 601(d) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
OGC-98-21: Published: Dec 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) new rule on competitive service safeguards for local exchange carrier provision of commercial mobile radio services and implementation of Section 601(d) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would modify the current structural separation requirement for the provision of cel...
Federal Communications Commission: Provision for the Use of the 220-222 MHz Band by Private Land Mobile Radio Service and Final Rule
OGC-97-35: Published: Apr 15, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the use of the 220-222 megahertz (MHz) band by private land mobile radio service. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would govern the future operation and licensing of the 220-222 MHz band as part of the FCC's implementation of the regulatory framework for mobile radio services enacted by...
FCC: Flexible Service Offerings in the Commercial Mobile Radio Services
OGC-96-40: Published: Sep 12, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on flexible service offerings in commercial mobile radio services (CMRS). GAO found that: (1) the rule would allow providers of narrowband and broadband CMRS services to offer fixed wireless services on their assigned spectrum on a co-primary basis with mobile services; and (2) FCC followed a...