Telephones (51 - 60 of 65 items)
Telephone Communications: Cost and Funding Information on Lifeline Telephone Service
RCED-87-189: Published: Sep 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) efforts to develop a nationwide lifeline telephone service for low-income households.GAO found that: (1) in 1985, FCC established a lifeline program to provide financial assistance to qualified low-income households in 15 states and the District of Columbia; (2) to be eligible for the program, househ...
[Comments on Senate's Liability for Special Charges and Taxes Related to Telephone Service]
B-225123: Published: May 1, 1987. Publicly Released: May 1, 1987.
GAO provided guidance on whether the Senate should pay a variety of special charges on senators' district office telephone bills. GAO determined that: (1) while the Senate was liable for tariffed late charges, it was not liable for interest charges under the Prompt Payment Act; (2) each Senator would only be liable for those excise charges for which he did not file an exemption certificate; (3) th...
Telephone Communications: Issues Affecting Rural Telephone Service
RCED-87-74: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) efforts to track and evaluate the effects of its regulatory decisions on telephone service to rural areas; and (2) the key issues and problems facing rural telephone companies and subscribers.GAO found that, although FCC issued regulatory decisions designed to price telephone service more compet...
Social Security: Improved Telephone Accessibility Would Better Serve the Public
HRD-86-85: Published: Aug 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1986.
GAO reported the results of a nationwide test of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) telephone accessibility to the public and provided information on SSA standards and telephone reporting activities.GAO noted that SSA: (1) maintains 34 teleservice centers to answer telephone calls in major metropolitan areas or entire states; (2) maintains 20 miniteleservice centers, 12 statewide centers,...
Telephone Communications: Bypass of the Local Telephone Companies
RCED-86-66: Published: Aug 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1986.
GAO detailed the results of its review on customers' bypass of local telephone companies, specifically: (1) the extent of and reasons for bypass; (2) the impact that bypass may have on local telephone company revenues; and (3) observations on some regulatory actions and proposals that address bypass.GAO found that: (1) between 16 and 29 percent of large-volume telephone company customers are bypas...
Telecommunication: Air Force Cost Estimates for Scope Exchange Telephone Systems
IMTEC-86-22FS: Published: Jul 3, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the cost estimates that the Air Force provided on the Scope Exchange Telephone Systems replacement project.GAO found that the Air Force: (1) showed that direct purchase of the systems was more costly than lease-with-option-to-purchase; (2) did not use actual vendor purchase and lease prices in all cases, so there was no way to determine whether the...
Telephone Communications: The FCC's Monitoring of Residential Telephone Service
RCED-86-146: Published: Jun 17, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) efforts to track and evaluate the effects of its regulatory decisions on telephone service, particularly in rural areas; and (2) the key issues and problems facing rural telephone companies and subscribers.GAO noted that, to monitor residential telephone service, FCC currently: (1) reviews U.S....
Telephone Communications: Bell Operating Company Entry Into New Lines of Business
RCED-86-138: Published: Apr 16, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the rationale allowing the regulated Bell Operating Companies (BOC) to enter various lines of business from which they are currently restricted by the 1982 consent decree that required the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) divestiture.GAO found that BOC have sought waivers from the restrictions to engage in new unregulated lines of...
Selected Information on Bypass of Local Telephone Companies
RCED-86-100: Published: Feb 14, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on residential and business customers' bypass of local telephone company services, focusing on: (1) two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports on bypass; (2) two nationwide bypass simulation studies; and (3) FCC and state bypass monitoring activities.GAO noted that: (1) bypass occurs when customers use alternatives to local tel...