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Telecommunications: Improved Management Can Enhance FCC Decision Making for the Universal Service Fund Low-Income Program
GAO-11-11: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2010.
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Low-Income Program, administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and supported by the Universal Service Fund (USF), provides low-income households with discounts on installation costs for new telephone service and monthly charges for basic telephone service. In this requested report, GAO examined (1) how program participation and...
Telecommunications: Survey of State Public Utility Commissions (GAO-11-13SP, October 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-11-11
GAO-11-13SP: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2010.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-11-11. This e-supplement provides the results of a survey of state public utility commissions about the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Universal Service Fund (USF) Low-Income Program which provides discounts on telephone installation and monthly telephone service to qualifying low-income consumers...
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Performance Management and Strengthen Oversight of the High-Cost Program
GAO-08-633: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
In the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act), the Congress said that consumers in "rural, insular, and high-cost areas" should have access to services and rates that are "reasonably comparable" to those in urban areas. To implement the 1996 Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) modified and expanded the high-cost program. The program provides funding to some telecommunications carri...
Telecommunications: Survey of State Regulatory Commissions (GAO-08-662SP, June 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-633
GAO-08-662SP: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state regulatory commissions were given primary responsibility for determining whether a telecommunications carrier is eligible to participate in and receive support from the federal Universal Service Fund's High-Cost Program. We conducted an Internet-based survey of state regulatory commissions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia to better under...
Telecommunications: Challenges to Assessing and Improving Telecommunications for Native Americans on Tribal Lands
GAO-06-513T: Published: Mar 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2006.
An important goal of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, is to ensure access to telecommunications services for all Americans. This testimony is based on GAO's January 2006 report GAO-06-189, which reviewed 1) the status of telecommunications subscribership for Native Americans living on tribal lands; 2) federal programs available for improving telecommunications on these lands; 3) barrier...
Telecommunications: Challenges to Assessing and Improving Telecommunications For Native Americans on Tribal Lands
GAO-06-189: Published: Jan 11, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2006.
An important goal of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, is to ensure access to telecommunications services for all Americans. The Federal Communications Commission has made efforts to improve the historically low subscribership rates of Native Americans on tribal lands. In addition, Congress is considering legislation to establish a grant program to help tribes improve telecommunications...
Telecommunications: Federal and State Universal Service Programs and Challenges to Funding
GAO-02-187: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2002.
"Universal service" means providing residential customers with affordable, nationwide access to basic phone service. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 extended support for universal service to eligible schools, libraries, and rural health care providers. Universal service programs are generally funded by mandatory contributions from telecommunications companies. New technologies, however, are put...
Telecommunications: FCC Lacked Authority to Create Corporations to Administer Universal Service Programs
T-RCED/OGC-98-84: Published: Mar 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1998.
GAO discussed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) implementation of the universal service provisions contained in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.GAO noted that: (1) FCC did not have the authority to create the corporations to carry out government functions and operate under FCC's rules; (2) under the Government Corporation Control Act, FCC needs explicit statutory authority to establ...
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...
Developing a Domestic Common Carrier Telecommunications Policy: What Are the Issues?
CED-79-18: Published: Jan 24, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1979.
The Communications Act of 1934 created the Federal Communications Commission to regulate interstate and foreign common carriers and established the Nation's policy goal of making communications services available to all people of the United States (referred to as the Universal Service Mandate). The carriers have interpreted this mandate to mean that other telecommunications services should cross...