In response to a congressional request, GAO examined whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can effectively monitor and gauge the impact of recent FCC and congressional actions designed to increase competition in the international telecommunications market by reducing the entry barriers for the U.S. portion of the market.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Federal Communications Commission||1. The Chairman, FCC, should establish, within the Common Carrier Bureau, an industry analysis section to monitor industry structure. The Chairman should consider reassigning available positions within FCC to provide the necessary staff. The section should evaluate the cumulative effect that FCC decisions are having on market competitiveness so that appropriate regulatory programs and policies can be implemented if the market does not respond as intended.|
|Federal Communications Commission||2. The Chairman, FCC, should direct the Common Carrier Bureau to: (1) use this same capability to ensure that intermodal competition is developing; and (2) allow it to intervene in facilities authorization if necessary to correct any imbalance.|