Telecommunications (11 - 18 of 18 items)
Digital Television Transition: Increased Federal Planning and Risk Management Could Further Facilitate the DTV Transition
GAO-08-43: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.
The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires all full-power television stations to cease analog broadcasting by February 17, 2009. Following this digital television transition, consumers who receive over-the-air television signals on analog sets will need to take action to be able to view digital broadcasts. The act also requires the National Telecommunications and Info...
Telecommunications: Wire-Based Competition Benefited Consumers In Selected Markets
GAO-04-241: Published: Feb 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
One of the primary purposes of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to promote competition in telecommunication markets, but wire-based competition has not developed as fully as expected. However, a new kind of entrant, called broadband service providers (BSP), offers an alternative wire- based option for local telephone, subscription television, and high- speed Internet services to consumers in...
Federal Communications Commission: MDS and ITFS Two-Way Transmissions
OGC-99-23: Published: Dec 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS) and Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) two-way transmissions. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would permit multichannel MDS and ITFS licensees to make more flexible use of their 6 megahertz (MHz) channels through the use of digital technology;...
FCC: Development of Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Public Safety Agency Communication Requirements Through 2010, Establishment of Rules and Requirements for Priority Access Service
OGC-99-14: Published: Nov 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the development of technical and spectrum requirements for meeting federal, state, and local public safety agency communication requirements through the year 2010. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would establish a band plan and adopt service rules to begin the process of assigning licenses fo...
Telecommunications: Competition Issues in International Satellite Communications
RCED-97-1: Published: Oct 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the institutional framework for providing international communications satellite services, focusing on: (1) the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (Immarsat); (2) elements of that framework that appear to hinder competition; and (3) key options that could resolve th...
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Request for Radio Frequencies
RCED-84-158: Published: Aug 23, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed several matters concerning petitions which the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting additional frequencies from the radio spectrum to solve communications problems. GAO reviewed: (1) the seriousness of the Sheriff's communications problems and his proposed solutions; (2) FCC ac...
Contract Award of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to the Institute for Law and Social Research
GGD-76-9: Published: Oct 2, 1975. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1982.
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Provisions of S. 821, a Bill To Provide for Authorization of Appropriations for the Federal Communications Commission
115070: May 1, 1981
The proposed Federal Communications Commission Authorization Act would authorize the Commission for a 3 year period instead of on a permanent basis as is presently the case, and establish a schedule of charges for services provided by the Commission to communications providers and users. Periodic authorization should increase Commission accountability, provide it with increased congressional guida...