Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Market

OGC-98-19: Published: Dec 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1997.


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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on foreign participation in the U.S. telecommunications market. GAO noted that the: (1) rule would adopt a new standard for foreign participation in the United States telecommunications market in light of the World Trade Organization agreement concluded on February 1, 1997; (2) rule removes the effective competitive opportunities test and replaces it with an open standard; and (3) FCC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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