Accession Number : ADA298101

Title :   Telecommunications: Concerns About Competition in the Cellular Telephone Service Industry.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA298101

Report Date : 01 JUL 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : The U.S. cellular telephone service industry has grown trom an industry with about 92,000 subscribers in 1984 to about 7.6 million subscribers in 1991, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Revenue growth has also been significant, increasing from $482 million in 1985 to over $5.7 billion in 1991. sOme industry critics say, however, that the market structure imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not competitive, and that consequently, service price are high. Senator Harry Reid requested that the General Accounting Office (GAO) review the FCC'S oversight of cellular telephone communications. Specifically, he asked that GAO examine the competitive structure of the cellular telephone service industry and determine whether the FCC's current policies are ensuring the availability of cellular telephone services at competitive prices. (KAR) P. 3

Descriptors :   *COMPETITION, *TELEPHONE SYSTEMS, *REGULATIONS, INDUSTRIES, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, MARKETING, GROWTH(GENERAL), COSTS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, REVENUE SHARING.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE