Public utilities (1 - 8 of 8 items)
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Oversight of Wireless Phone Service
GAO-10-34: Published: Nov 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2009.
Americans increasingly rely on wireless phones, with 35 percent of households now primarily or solely using them. Under federal law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for fostering a competitive wireless marketplace while ensuring that consumers are protected from harm. States also have authority to oversee some aspects of service. As requested, this report discusses consu...
Telecommunications: Surveys of Consumers and of State Utility Commissions about Wireless Phone Service (GAO-10-35SP, November 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-10-34
GAO-10-35SP: Published: Nov 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2009.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-10-34. This e-supplement provides information from two surveys: one is a nationwide survey of consumers about their satisfaction with wireless phone service and problems they have experienced with it in recent years, and the other is a survey of state utility commissions about their oversight of this service. We surveyed a nationally representative, randomly selected...
Telecommunications: Development of Competition in Local Telephone Markets
RCED-00-38: Published: Jan 25, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the development of competition in telecommunications markets, focusing on the: (1) development of competition in local telephone markets and the market strategies employed by new carriers in five states under the 1996 Telecommunications Act; and (2) key issues affecting that development and the enforcement activities of federal and s...
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: Cellular Service Competition
T-RCED-93-3: Published: Jan 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1993.
GAO discussed the competitive structure of the cellular telephone service industry and whether the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) policies ensure the availability of cellular services at competitive prices. GAO noted that: (1) a market in which only two firms provide a service is unlikely to have competitive prices because the firms may have incentives to recognize their interdependence...
Telecommunications: Competition in the Cellular Telephone Service Industry
T-RCED-92-72: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1992.
GAO discussed competition in the cellular telephone industry. GAO noted that: (1) since two firms provide service in the cellular market, it is unlikely that the industry's pricing will be competitive; (2) resellers buy blocks of cellular service at wholesale rates, but do not own or operate cellular systems or compete with the two major carriers at the wholesale level, a situation that does not l...
Selected Information on Bypass of Local Telephone Companies
RCED-86-100: Published: Feb 14, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on residential and business customers' bypass of local telephone company services, focusing on: (1) two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports on bypass; (2) two nationwide bypass simulation studies; and (3) FCC and state bypass monitoring activities.GAO noted that: (1) bypass occurs when customers use alternatives to local tel...
Regulating Domestic Telecommunications Common Carriers
116445: Sep 24, 1981
In a review of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) regulatory program, GAO assessed the methods used by FCC for implementing a system of price/earnings for common carriers and examined the actions FCC has taken to prevent anticompetitive behavior against new entrants. Over the past 20 years, FCC decisions have allowed competition into the manufacture of telecommunications terminal equipm...