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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Phantom Traffic" -- Problems Billing for the Termination of Telephone Calls: Issues for Congress
This report provides an overview of "phantom traffic" -- i.e., telephone calls for which a carrier is unable to obtain appropriate compensation. The report discusses the causes of phantom traffic, phantom traffic and rural companies, issues, and related proposals. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743361/
Political Broadcasts - Regulate or Deregulate?
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Proposals for Revision of the Communications Act of 1934: Telecommunications Issues
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The Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Would It Create a Virtuous Cycle or a Vicious Cycle?
This report considers how the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile would affect the public interest, including the following: benefits to the public, promotion of competition, and infrastructure considerations. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc98000/
The Proposed Comcast-NBC Universal Combination: How It Might Affect the Video Market
This report discusses the proposed combination of Comcast, the largest distributor of video services in the United States, and NBC Universal (NBCU), a major producer and aggregator of video content, which would create a huge, vertically integrated entity with potentially enormous negotiating power at a time when market forces already are altering traditional content provider/distributor relationships. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc503568/
Public-Private Partnership for a Public Safety Network: Governance and Policy
This report summarizes salient points of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) actions regarding the creation of a public-private partnership to build and manage a national communications network for public safety use. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743576/
Public-Private Partnership for a Public Safety Network: Governance and Policy
This report summarizes salient points of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) actions regarding the creation of a public-private partnership to build and manage a national communications network for public safety use. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc795381/
Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress
This report discusses the availability of radio frequency spectrum that is considered essential to developing a modern, interoperable communications network for public safety. Also, other critical discussed are (1) building the network to use this spectrum and (2) developing and deploying the radios to the new standards required for mobile broadband. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc491212/
Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress
The availability of radio frequency spectrum is considered essential to developing a modern, interoperable communications network for public safety. Equally critical is building the radio network to use this spectrum. Opinions diverge, however, on such issues as how much spectrum should be made available for the network, who should own it, who should build it, who should operate it, who should be allowed to use it, and how it might be paid for. This report discusses potential paths forward for Congress in regards to modernizing communications. To resolve the debate and move the planning process forward, Congress may decide to pursue oversight or change existing law. Actions proposed to Congress include (1) authorizing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reassign spectrum and (2) changing requirements for the use of spectrum auction proceeds. In particular, legislation in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-171) might be modified. This law mandated the termination of analog television broadcasting and the release of those channels for other uses, including public safety. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc491484/
Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress
This report discusses possible actions for improving emergency communications. Congress has before it an opportunity to bring public safety communications into the 21st century by assuring that a nationwide, interoperable communications network is put in place. The tools at its disposal include homeland security policy, spectrum policy, funding programs, and leadership. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc491012/
Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress
This report discusses the availability of radio frequency spectrum that is considered essential to developing a modern, interoperable communications network for public safety. To resolve the debate and move the planning process forward, Congress may decide to pursue oversight or change existing law. Actions proposed to Congress include authorizing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reassign spectrum and changing requirements for the use of spectrum auction proceeds. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc505407/
Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress
This report discusses pieces of legislation passed by Congress that are intended to help surmount failures in public safety radio communications such as (1) insufficient interoperability among radio systems, a problem that hampered rescue efforts on and after September 11; and (2) insufficiently robust networks, a shortcoming revealed after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc626906/
Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress
This report discusses pieces of legislation passed by Congress that are intended to help surmount failures in public safety radio communications such as insufficient interoperability among radio systems, a problem that hampered rescue efforts on and after September 11; and insufficiently robust networks, a shortcoming revealed after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc627012/
Public Safety Communications Policy
Since September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of America's communications capabilities in support of the information needs of first responders and other public safety workers has been a matter of concern to Congress. Most public safety advocates consider that the communications failures following the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina demonstrate that there is much still to be done to provide the United States with adequate communications capabilities in emergencies. This report explores several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the emergency management the emergency communications infrastructure. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10407/
Public Safety Communications Policy
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Public Safety Communications Policy
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Public Safety Communications: Policy, Proposals, Legislation and Progress
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Public Safety, Interoperability and the Transistion to Digital Television
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Radio and Television Broadcasting to Cuba: Background and Current Issues
This report provides a legislative history and funding levels for Cuba Broadcasting. It discusses specific concerns some lawmakers have had with Radio and TV Marti over the years, and presents the Panel's recommendations and the USIA Director's response and determinations, as required by the FYI994 appropriations act. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc26051/
Radio Broadcasting Chips for Smartphones: A Status Report
This report provides information on consumer and industry trends in radio and wireless network communications to give perspective on the proposal for widespread deployment of FM radio chips in smartphones as an emergency preparedness measure. It also provides a brief overview of the role of technology in disseminating emergency alerts and information. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc501523/
Radio Free Asia
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Radio Marti
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Radiofrequency Spectrum Management
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E-Rate for Schools: Background on Telecommunications Discounts Through the Universal Service Fund
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Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA)
This report provides background information regarding satellite retransmission of broadcast signals. The report discusses the 1988 Satellite Home Viewer Act (SHVA) and most recently amended by the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA., digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc462259/
Reauthorizing the Satellite Home Viewing Provisions in the Communications Act and the Copyright Act: Issues for Congress
This report discusses the regulatory framework for the retransmission of broadcast television signals by satellite television operators,the Satellite Home Viewer Act of 1994, the 1999 Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA), and the 2004 Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act (SHVERA) digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc689313/
Regulation of Broadcast Indecency: Background and Legal Analysis
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Regulation of Broadcast Indecency: Background and Legal Analysis
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Regulation of Broadcast Indecency: Background and Legal Analysis
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Regulation of the Telemarketing Industry: State and National Do-Not-Call Registries
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Regulation of the Telemarketing Industry: State and National Do-Not-Call Registries
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Regulation of the Telemarketing Industry: State and National Do-Not-Call Registries
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Retroactive Immunity Provided by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008
This report discusses the various retroactive immunity mechanisms that were proposed to be included in the FISA Amendments Act, one of which was ultimately adopted, and their likely effect on lawsuits facing telecommunications providers. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743652/
Rural Broadband: The Roles of the Rural Utilities Service and the Universal Service Fund
This report discusses Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband and Telecommunications Programs. Since the initial deployment of broadband in the late 1990s, Congress has viewed broadband infrastructure deployment as a means towards improving regional economic development, and in the long term, to create jobs. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc85426/
Satellite Television: An Analysis of Legislation Creating Loan Guarantees for Providing Local Broadcast TV Signals
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Satellite Television License of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. Section 119) and the 1997 Rate Adjustment
This report summarizes the basic features of the television satellite compulsory license of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. 119), including the rate adjustment procedures; reviews the October 1997 rate adjustment setting the current 27-cent per signal per month per subscriber rate; and summarizes recent legislative proposals to stay further implementation of the 1997 rate adjustment, or to revise the section 119 license. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc822642/
Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues
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Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues
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Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues
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Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues
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Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues
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Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues
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Seafarer: Extremely Low Frequency Naval Communications System
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The Siting of Wireless Communications Facilities: An Overview of Federal, State, and Local Law
The siting of wireless communications facilities has been a topic of controversy in communities all over the United States. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 governs federal, state, and local regulation of the siting of communications towers by placing certain limitations on local zoning authority without totally preempting state and local law. This report provides an overview of the federal, state, and local laws governing the siting of wireless communications facilities. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10561/
Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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