Information Superhighway:

Issues Affecting Development

RCED-94-285: Published: Sep 30, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1994.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

GAO reviewed competition in the telecommunications industry and issues concerning telecommunications legislation, focusing on: (1) managing the transition to a more competitive local telecommunications marketplace; (2) ensuring universal service in a competitive marketplace; and (3) ensuring network security, privacy, reliability, and interoperability.

GAO found that: (1) managing the transition to a more competitive local telecommunications marketplace presents challenges; (2) although government officials believe that increasing competition among telecommunications companies would significantly improve the quality of service, proposed telecommunications legislation could create opportunities for monopolies; (3) universal service funding processes and definitions need revision, since increased competition may cause local telephone companies to lose substantial revenues; (4) as the array of available services expands, questions arise about which services should be provided to everyone at affordable rates and which should be universally available as options; (5) the prospect of increased competition in certain segments of the local telephone service market raises questions about how to ensure continued access to affordable telephone service for all consumers; (6) the information superhighway poses technical challenges concerning the security, privacy, and reliability of personal and proprietary information; (7) standards have not been established to ensure the interoperability of new communications technologies; and (8) questions remain about how to encourage the telecommunications industry to develop a secure, reliable, smoothly functioning infrastructure.

Mar 14, 2018

Jan 30, 2018

Jan 10, 2018

Nov 21, 2017

Nov 15, 2017

Nov 7, 2017

Oct 4, 2017

Sep 18, 2017

Sep 6, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here