Competition (31 - 40 of 56 items)
Telecommunications: Process by Which Mergers of Local Telephone Companies Are Reviewed
RCED-99-223: Published: Aug 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) standards and processes under which mergers between local telephone companies are evaluated and approved by governmental bodies; and (2) implementation of this process in the Bell Atlantic-NYNEX merger, and the effects of the merger that can be observed.GAO noted that: (1) several governmental bodies review mergers between local telephone...
Telecommunications: The Changing Status of Competition to Cable Television
RCED-99-158: Published: Jul 8, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the status of competition in the subscription television market; (2) the extent to which ownership ties between cable companies and program suppliers may be affecting the development of competition; and (3) key factors that may influence the development of competition in the future.GAO noted that: (1) the cable industry maintain...
U.S. Postal Service: Postal and Telecommunications Sector Representation in International Organizations
GGD-99-6BR: Published: Oct 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on U.S. representation in two international organizations: (1) the Universal Postal Union (UPU); and (2) the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).GAO noted that: (1) differences in the roles of government agencies in U.S. international policy development for the postal and telecommunications sectors were related to the agencies'...
FCC: Competitive Service Safeguards for Local Exchange Carrier Provision of Commercial Mobile Radio Services and Implementation of Section 601(d) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
OGC-98-21: Published: Dec 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) new rule on competitive service safeguards for local exchange carrier provision of commercial mobile radio services and implementation of Section 601(d) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would modify the current structural separation requirement for the provision of cel...
FCC: Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Market
OGC-98-19: Published: Dec 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1997.
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 t...
FCC: Facilitate Future Development of Paging Systems and Implementation of Section 309(j) of the Communications Act, and Competitive Bidding
OGC-97-31: Published: Mar 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) new rule on facilitating the future development of paging systems, the implementation of Section 309(j) of the Communications Act, and competitive bidding. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would govern the geographic area licensing of common carrier paging and exclusive 929 MegaHertz private carrier...
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...
FCC: Interconnection and Resale Obligations Pertaining to Commercial Mobile Radio Services
OGC-96-32: Published: Aug 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on commercial mobile radio services interconnection and resale obligations. GAO found that: (1) the transitional rule would require all cellular and broadband personal communications services and certain specialized mobile radio providers to permit unlimited resale of their services and elimi...
Telecommunications: Competitive Impact of Restructuring the International Satellite Organizations
RCED-96-204: Published: Jul 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1996.
GAO provided information on the potential competitive impact of restructuring the international satellite organizations, focusing on: (1) possible alternative approaches to enhance market access; (2) the affiliate created by the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat) to provide new services; and (3) proposals for restructuring the International Telecommunications Satellite Organi...
Telecommunications: Competition in the Mobile Communications Industry
T-RCED-96-20: Published: Oct 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1995.
GAO discussed some of the key changes occurring in the cellular telephone industry and their impact on competition. GAO noted that: (1) Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have increased the amount of radio spectrum available for mobile telecommunications and have allowed new companies to provide these services; (2) the use of digital technology will result in greater utilizat...