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Satellite Licensing: FCC Should Reexamine Its Environmental Review Process for Large Constellations of Satellites

GAO-23-105005
Nov 02, 2022
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Federal Communications Commission The Federal Communications Commission should review whether licensing large constellations of satellites normally does not have significant effects on the human environment and document FCC's resulting decision. (Recommendation 1)
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Federal Communications Commission The Federal Communications Commission should establish a timeframe and process for a periodic review of its categorical exclusion under NEPA and publish both on the FCC website. (Recommendation 2)
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Federal Communications Commission The Federal Communications Commission should identify the factors that FCC will consider in determining whether an extraordinary circumstance is present when reviewing licenses for large constellations of satellites and make the results available to the public. (Recommendation 3)
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Tribal Broadband: National Strategy and Coordination Framework Needed to Increase Access

GAO-22-104421
Jul 22, 2022
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Executive Office of the President The Executive Office of the President, through the National Economic Council, should develop a national strategy with clear roles, goals, and performance measures for closing the gap in broadband access on tribal lands as part of a broader national broadband strategy. (Recommendation 1)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should establish a framework within the American Broadband Initiative for addressing tribal barriers. Such a framework could include adding a tribal subcommittee or standing agenda item to the existing workstreams or establishing a new workstream. (Recommendation 2)
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Broadband: National Strategy Needed to Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Digital Divide

GAO-22-104611
May 31, 2022
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should direct the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, to consult with OMB, other White House offices, and relevant agencies and present to Congress a report that identifies the key statutory provisions that limit the beneficial alignment of broadband programs and offers legislative proposals to address the limitations, as appropriate. (Recommendation 1)
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration The NTIA Administrator should direct the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth to regularly seek and incorporate user feedback when updating the BroadbandUSA Federal Funding Guide. (Recommendation 2)
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Executive Office of the President Executive Office of the President, through NEC, should develop and implement a national broadband strategy with clear roles, goals, objectives, and performance measures to support better management of fragmented, overlapping federal broadband programs and synchronize coordination efforts. This strategy may identify key statutory provisions that limit program alignment and offer legislative proposals to address the limitations. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Public-Safety Broadband Network: Congressional Action Required to Ensure Network Continuity

GAO-22-104915
Feb 22, 2022
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Congress Congress should consider reauthorizing FirstNet, including different options for its placement, and provide it with authority to:
  • hold the single spectrum license for Band 14 for public-safety use;
  • administer and oversee the network contract;
  • manage network updates and fee revenue reinvestments; and
  • maintain a public-safety advisory committee to conduct public-safety outreach and consultation. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions Congress has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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