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Telecommunications Relay Service: FCC Should Strengthen Its Management of Program to Assist Persons with Hearing or Speech Disabilities
GAO-15-409: Published: Apr 29, 2015. Publicly Released: May 8, 2015.
Since 2002, the overall minutes of use and costs for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) program have grown significantly due to the advent of Internet-based forms of TRS and increased usage by the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. Program data show that total TRS minutes have grown from about 53 million in “rate year” (July-to-June) 2002–2003 to about 249 million in rate year 201...
Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Performance Management and Strengthen Oversight of the High-Cost Program
GAO-08-633: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
In the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act), the Congress said that consumers in "rural, insular, and high-cost areas" should have access to services and rates that are "reasonably comparable" to those in urban areas. To implement the 1996 Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) modified and expanded the high-cost program. The program provides funding to some telecommunications carri...
Telecommunications: Survey of State Regulatory Commissions (GAO-08-662SP, June 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-633
GAO-08-662SP: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state regulatory commissions were given primary responsibility for determining whether a telecommunications carrier is eligible to participate in and receive support from the federal Universal Service Fund's High-Cost Program. We conducted an Internet-based survey of state regulatory commissions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia to better under...
Telecommunications: Wire-Based Competition Benefited Consumers In Selected Markets
GAO-04-241: Published: Feb 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
One of the primary purposes of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to promote competition in telecommunication markets, but wire-based competition has not developed as fully as expected. However, a new kind of entrant, called broadband service providers (BSP), offers an alternative wire- based option for local telephone, subscription television, and high- speed Internet services to consumers in...
Telecommunications: Costs Reported by Federal Organizations for Fiscal Year 1995
AIMD-96-105: Published: Jun 17, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on governmentwide fiscal year (FY) 1995 telecommunications costs for: (1) Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) 2000 services; (2) non-FTS 2000 long distance services; (3) local telecommunications services; (4) wireless services; and (5) telecommunications support contract services. GAO also provided information on local access costs...
Telephone Communications: Cost and Funding Information on Lifeline Telephone Service
RCED-87-189: Published: Sep 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) efforts to develop a nationwide lifeline telephone service for low-income households.GAO found that: (1) in 1985, FCC established a lifeline program to provide financial assistance to qualified low-income households in 15 states and the District of Columbia; (2) to be eligible for the program, househ...
Telephone Communications: Issues Affecting Rural Telephone Service
RCED-87-74: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) efforts to track and evaluate the effects of its regulatory decisions on telephone service to rural areas; and (2) the key issues and problems facing rural telephone companies and subscribers.GAO found that, although FCC issued regulatory decisions designed to price telephone service more compet...
Telecommunication: Air Force Cost Estimates for Scope Exchange Telephone Systems
IMTEC-86-22FS: Published: Jul 3, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the cost estimates that the Air Force provided on the Scope Exchange Telephone Systems replacement project.GAO found that the Air Force: (1) showed that direct purchase of the systems was more costly than lease-with-option-to-purchase; (2) did not use actual vendor purchase and lease prices in all cases, so there was no way to determine whether the...