Oversight of Federal Communications Commission Implementation of Computer Inquiry II: Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, Ninety-seventh Congress, Second Session, March 3, 1982

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Reviews the "ability of the Federal Communications Commission to carry out the job outlined in the Commission's recent Computer Inquiry II decision. That decision deals with the regulatory problems raised by the convergence of data processing and communications technologies. In a recent report to this subcommittee, the General Accounting Office questioned whether the Commission has the resources and the capabilities to carry out required tasks in the Computer II decision. Lifting the burden of regulation will benefit both business and the American consumer, but the FCC must avoid unfair burdens on business and residential customers. It must lift regulatory restrictions with great care. That care will require manpower and money, more manpower and more money than are needed to continue the existing program of regulation"--Page 1.
 

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Page 33 - ... common carrier communications services. (This does not apply to communications services offered the separate subsidiary pursuant to tariff); (2) Shall disclose to the public all Information relating to network design and technical standards and information affecting changes to the telecommunications network which would affect either intercarrier interconnection or the manner in which customer-premises equipment is attached to the interstate network prior to implementation and with reasonable...
Page 73 - The funds we have requested will be used to hire consultants to conduct studies establishing an estimated fair value for the assets which will be transferred to the non-regulated subsidiary. These studies will be used by the Commission to ensure that ratepayers are not subsidizing the establishment of this subsidiary. While it is true that the Bureau does have extensive expertise in the prescription of depreciation rates, such prescription does not contemplate the "fair value...
Page 84 - ... interference, spectrum sharing, usage and efficiency; and technical assistance. Additionally, this group is looking at current Commission authority regarding reciprocity and potential authority under the various Congressional proposals pending and expected. The work of this group will enable the various operating units of the Commission and the individual Commissioners to better understand this important concept, its implications, and to be in a position to implement any new or modified authority...
Page 83 - US in international trade in the rapidly expanding telecommunications services and telecommunications-related or dependent markets. This potential had become sufficiently great to require the Commission to consider these factors as a part of its public interest determinations to the extent permitted under existing law. It appeared appropriate that the Commission determine: (1) on a case by case basis, the degree to which the opportunity for US entry into the relevant foreign...
Page 83 - The Commission staff not only considered additional resources in the Common Carrier Bureau to conduct the economic and legal analyses required, but actually included them in a supplemental budget draft in the fall of 1981 along with additional resources for implementation of Computer II and the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA). While the latter two items received favorable endorsement, the additional staff for reciprocity studies activity did not. The two additional positions...
Page 73 - ... the Second Computer Inquiry, the Commission established the policy of detariffing new terminal equipment. The actual deregulation of AT&T's embedded terminal equipment, involving investment of more than $20 billion was temporarily deferred so that a fair value for this equipment could be established prior to its transfer to a separate subsidiary. (This transfer will also include related land, buildings, vehicles and other peripheral equipment.) It is imperative that the value assigned to these...
Page 84 - Notwithstanding the fact that there were no additional resources committed to additional reciprocity studies/activities, the underlying bases for attention to this area still exist. Consequently, the International Telecommunications Coordinating Committee (ITCC - an intra-agency group composed of the heads of Bureaus and Offices within the Commission) has established an intra-agency working group to look into the subject of reciprocity. This working group draws its membership from the...
Page 71 - FY 1983 it appears that your audit activities will be greatly expanded beyond that which has been undertaken in previous years. How much travel money has been assigned to this area? What accounting and audit activities will be...
Page 83 - The two additional positions (one attorney and economist) in the Common Carrier Bureau would have been used to assess the differences in US and foreign facilities preferences and to develop approaches and policies to provide workable resolutions of those differences which would serve the interests of US...

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