Internet Privacy: Additional Federal Authority Could Enhance Consumer Protection and Provide Flexibility
The United States does not have a comprehensive Internet privacy law governing the collection, use, and sale or other disclosure of consumers' personal information.
The US Government Accountability Office was asked to review spectrum use by tribal entities—tribal governments and tribally owned telecommunications providers.
Tribal lands have lower levels of broadband access than the rest of the nation. Congress has prioritized identifying unserved areas and targeting funds to increase broadband deployment, including on tribal lands.
Tribal Broadband: Few Partnerships Exist and the Rural Utilities Service Needs to Identify and Address Any Funding Barriers Tribes Face
In 2018, the Federal Communications Commission estimated that 35 percent of Americans living on tribal lands lack broadband service compared to 8 percent of Americans overall.
The Government Accountability Office was asked to review the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to collect broadband data for tribal lands.
GAO Report: FCC Should Improve Monitoring of Industry Efforts to Strengthen Wireless Network Resiliency
The Government Accountability Office was asked to review federal efforts to improve the resiliency of wireless networks following natural disasters and other physical incidents.
The stakeholders the US Government Accountability Office spoke with identified two primary spectrum-related challenges for the internet of things (IoT)—the availability of spectrum and managing interference.
Rural Broadband Deployment: Improved Consistency with Leading Practices Could Enhance Management of Loan and Grant Programs
This report examines the extent to which Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) procedures and activities are consistent with leading practices and how, if at all, its management practices could be improved.
The Government Accountability Office was asked to review the possible effects of the auction on LPTV and translator stations and their viewers.
The US Government Accountability Office was asked to review the possible effects of the auction on low power television (LPTV) and translator stations and their viewers.