Telecommunications industry (81 - 90 of 96 items)
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...
Governmentwide Initiatives: Critical Issues Facing the Post-FTS 2000 Program
T-AIMD-95-108: Published: Mar 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1995.
GAO discussed the critical issues facing the Post-Federal Telecommunications Systems 2000 (Post-FTS 2000) Program. GAO noted that: (1) few federal users and industry officials favor the mandaatory use of Post-FTS 2000, because they believe it is inherently anticompetitive and could result in higher prices; (2) Post-FTS 2000 program management remains an open issue since several officials have ques...
Telecommunications: Financial Information on 16 Telephone and Cable Companies
RCED/AIMD-94-221FS: Published: Jul 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided financial information on 16 telephone and cable television companies, focusing on: (1) total operating revenues; (2) cash flow from operations; and (3) profitability.GAO found that: (1) four companies have significant operating revenues from sources other than their main line of business; (2) the companies' cash flows ranged from $30 million to $7...
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: Concerns About Competition in the Cellular Telephone Service Industry
RCED-92-220: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the competitive structure of the cellular telephone service industry, focusing on: (1) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) oversight of the industry; and (2) prospects for additional or enhanced competition.GAO found that: (1) a 1981 FCC order provided for 2 licenses, one reserved for firms not affiliated with land-line tel...
FBI: Advanced Communications Technologies Pose Wiretapping Challenges
IMTEC-92-68BR: Published: Jul 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the: (1) technological alternatives available to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to wiretap voice and data communications; (2) telecommunications network changes needed to accommodate the least detectable wiretaps; and (3) estimated cost of developing and implementing such changes.GAO found that: (1) the technologies in use and the locat...
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...
Telecommunications: 1991 Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services
T-RCED-91-82: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1991.
GAO discussed its survey of cable rates and services from November 1986 to April 1991, focusing on changes since December 1989. GAO found that: (1) rates to customers continue to rise faster than the rate of inflation, even though they have moderated somewhat; (2) 66 percent of the subscribers for the lowest priced basic cable service incurred rate increases of more than 10 percent between Decembe...
U.S. Telecommunications Policy: Demand Dictates Supply
144265: Jan 1, 1991
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 12, Spring 1991, discusses the necessity of telecommunications development policies and the many issues that would need to be addressed by such policies, including: (1) the state of the nation's current telecommunications system; (2) past and future investments of telephone, telecommunications, and cable industries; (3) competition among those i...
Follow-up National Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services
T-RCED-90-89: Published: Jun 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1990.
GAO discussed cable television rates and services. GAO found that: (1) basic rates have continued to increase at a significant rate; (2) in 1989 cable subscribers' average monthly rates for the lowest-priced basic service increased by 10 percent; (3) average monthly rates for the most popular basic service also increased about 10 percent; (4) cable subscribers received additional basic channels to...