Telecommunications (31 - 40 of 41 items)
FBI: Advanced Communications Technologies Pose Wiretapping Challenges
IMTEC-92-68BR: Published: Jul 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the: (1) technological alternatives available to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to wiretap voice and data communications; (2) telecommunications network changes needed to accommodate the least detectable wiretaps; and (3) estimated cost of developing and implementing such changes.GAO found that: (1) the technologies in use and the locat...
Telecommunications: GSA's Difficulties Managing FTS 2000
IMTEC-91-45: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) management of the Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) 2000 contracts, focusing on: (1) whether GSA justified its reassignment of Navy traffic to another vendor; (2) the impact of the reassignment on the revenue allocation between the vendors; and (3) the adequacy of GSA enforcement of the statute requ...
U.S. Telecommunications Policy: Demand Dictates Supply
144265: Jan 1, 1991
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 12, Spring 1991, discusses the necessity of telecommunications development policies and the many issues that would need to be addressed by such policies, including: (1) the state of the nation's current telecommunications system; (2) past and future investments of telephone, telecommunications, and cable industries; (3) competition among those i...
Defense Communications: Millions May Be Spent Unnecessarily to Expand Data Network
IMTEC-91-6: Published: Nov 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the: (1) cost-effectiveness of the Defense Data Network (DDN); and (2) Defense Communication Agency's (DCA) plans to spend $126 million over 7 years to expand DDN.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) established DDN to provide its users cost-effective long distance data communications; (2) even though DDN may not be the most cost-eff...
Telephone Communications: Controlling Cross-Subsidy Between Regulated and Competitive Services
RCED-88-34: Published: Oct 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed implementation of accounting controls to prevent cross-subsidization between regulated and nonregulated telephone service in order to facilitate competition among telephone companies.GAO found that: (1) the FCC allocation process was inefficient because it impeded companies from offering new...
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...
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...
Deficiencies in the St. Louis Defense Telephone Service Should Be Avoided in Future Consolidations
LCD-81-4: Published: Oct 27, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1980.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has established a long-range program, the Defense Metropolitan Area Telephone System, to develop consolidated local area telephone systems for its activities. Discussions between DOD and the General Services Administration (GSA) are underway to create Government-wide consolidated local-area systems. DOD experience with consolidated systems is limited to the Defense...