Telecommunications equipment (1 - 10 of 14 items)
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...
FCC: Access to Telecommunications Equipment and Services by Persons With Disabilities
OGC-96-36: Published: Aug 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on disabled persons' access to telecommunications equipment and services. GAO found that: (1) the rule would require that telephones in workplaces, confined settings, and hotels and motels be hearing-aid compatible, have volume control, and have the letters "HAC" affixed to them; and (2) FCC...
USDA Telecommunications: More Effort Needed to Address Telephone Abuse and Fraud
AIMD-96-59: Published: Apr 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) use of its telecommunications resources, focusing on: (1) whether USDA ensures that the commercial telephone and long-distance services it pays for are used in accordance with federal regulations and departmental policy; and (2) USDA efforts to address recommendations from a previous GAO report.GAO found that:...
Social Security: Telephone Access Enhanced at Field Offices Under Demonstration Project
HEHS-96-70: Published: Feb 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) telephone access demonstration project.GAO found that: (1) under one of the two telephone demonstration project configurations tested, telephone access improved significantly, busy-signal rates dropped, and the number of callers reaching SSA improved; (2) although improvements were statistically signific...
AIMD-95-219R: Published: Sep 5, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management and planning of its telecommunications resources. GAO noted that USDA: (1) has been leasing out-of-date rotary style telephones, and has paid about $7,800 annually to lease equipment that is no longer used; (2) has paid over $6,200 for telephone service, including local telephone service, 10 extende...
Post-FTS 2000 Strategy
AIMD-95-62R: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Post-Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) 2000 program strategy, focusing on whether the General Services Administration (GSA) has followed an appropriate process for selecting its acquisition strategy. GAO noted that: (1) GSA and the Interagency Management Council (IMC) have followed an appropriate process for selecting a pos...
Telecommunications: Interruptions of Telephone Service
RCED-93-79FS: Published: Mar 5, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the frequency and causes of telephone services outages during 1990 and 1991 that affected 10,000 or more customers and lasted 15 or more minutes.GAO found that: (1) during 1990 and 1991, there were 1,000 outages that affected over 69 million customers; (2) the major reasons for telephone services outages were hardware problems, software problems, c...
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...
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...
Telecommunications Privacy: GSA's Planned FTS 2000 Telephone Record Controls Appear Reasonable
IMTEC-89-6: Published: Dec 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the General Services Administration's (GSA) plans to provide privacy and security for users of the Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) 2000.GAO found that GSA plans to: (1) provide security and privacy protection over FTS 2000 telephone call-detail records that is reasonable and consistent with the provisions of the Privacy Act and the Freed...