[Missouri-l] Fw: [leadership] FCC Federal Register Notice
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From: Eric Bridges
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Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 4:17 PM
Subject: [leadership] FCC Federal Register Notice
Please feel free to read the below notice to see what the FCC is specifically inquiring about regarding the accessibility of cell phones to the blind community. A big thank you to Pratik Patel for his contribution to ACB's comments!
FCC Federal Register notice on Accessible Mobile Phone Options for People Who Are Blind, Deaf-Blind, or Have Low Vision
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the Web site for submitting comments.
[Federal Register: August 5, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 150)]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
[CG Docket No. 10-145; DA 10-1324]
Accessible Mobile Phone Options for People Who Are Blind, Deaf-
Blind, or Have Low Vision
AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.
SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission, via the Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Bureau (``the Bureaus''), seeks input from all stakeholders in order to
be fully informed on issues raised by consumers and to determine the
appropriate next steps to achieve telecommunications access. The
Bureaus seek input on the following issues: The wireless phone features
and functions in the current marketplace that are not accessible for
people who are blind, have vision loss, or are deaf-blind and the
extent to which gaps in accessibility are preventing wireless
communication access by these populations; the cost and feasibility of
technical solutions to achieve wireless accessibility for these
populations; reasons why there are not a greater number of wireless
phones--particularly among less expensive or moderately-priced handset
models--that are accessible to people who are blind or have vision
loss; technical obstacles, if any, to making wireless technologies
compatible with Braille displays, as well as the cost and feasibility
of technical solutions to achieve other forms of compatibility with
wireless products and services for people who are deaf-blind;
recommendations on the most effective and efficient technical policy
solutions for addressing the needs of consumers with vision
disabilities, including those who are deaf-blind; and recommendations
on actions that the Bureaus or the Commission should take to address
the current lack of access. For example, is additional guidance needed
on specific access features that should be included in wireless
products? Should the Bureaus or the Commission facilitate a dialogue
among stakeholders in order to reach a specific agreement to address
the accessibility concerns outlined herein?
DATES: Comments are due on or before September 13, 2010. Reply comments
are due on or before September 30, 2010.
ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20554. Pursuant to 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.419, interested
parties may file comments and reply comments regarding document DA 10-
145 on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this
document. You may submit comments, identified by [CG Docket number 10-
145] by any of the following methods:
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically
using the Internet by accessing the Commission's Electronic Comment
Filing System (ECFS) http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/ or the Federal
eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow
the instructions provided on the Web site for submitting comments. For
ECFS filers, in completing the transmittal screen, filers should
include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the
applicable docket, which in this instance is CG Docket No. 10-145.
Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet
e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to
ecfs at fcc.gov, and include the following words in the body of the
message, ``get form (your e-mail address).'' A sample form and
directions will be sent in response.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must
file an original and four copies of each filing. Filings can be sent by
hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by
first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. In addition, parties
must send one copy of each pleading to: The Commission's duplicating
contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20554.
All filings must be addressed to the Commission's
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the
Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445
12th St., SW., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes
must be disposed of before entering the building. The filing hours are
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service
and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol
Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and
Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Lyle, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-1776 (voice), (202) 418-1169
(TTY), or e-mail at Elizabeth.Lyle at fcc.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's
document DA 10-1324, released July 19, 2010 in CG Docket No. 10-145.
Document DA 10-1324 was released under a new docket number, CG Docket
No. 10-145, which shall be captioned ``Accessible Mobile Phone Options
for People who are Blind, Deaf-blind, or Have Low Vision,'' and include
all related matters. This new docket number is established to further
administrative efficiency. The full text of document DA 10-1324 and
copies of any subsequently filed documents in this matter will be
available for public inspection and copying via ECFS and during regular
business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445
12th Street, SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. They may also be
purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and
Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402,
Washington, DC 20554, telephone: (202) 488-5300, fax: (202) 488-5563,
or e-mail http://www.bcpiweb.com. Document DA 10-1324 can also be
downloaded in Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) at http://
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible
formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic
files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504 at fcc.gov or call the
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or
(202) 418-0432 (TTY).
On May 13, 2010, the Bureaus held a workshop on ``Expanding
Disability Access with Wireless Technologies'' (Wireless Access
Workshop) to learn more about mobile communications issues facing
people with disabilities and the ways in which new technologies can
offer opportunities to meet the communications access needs of this
community. Participants included stakeholders from the disability
community, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations. On June
15, 2010, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau met with twelve
members of the deaf-blind community, along with representatives of the
Helen Keller National Center and the American Association of the Deaf-
Blind. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss telecommunications
and Internet barriers experienced by this population.
Based on the input that Commission staff received during these
events, along with the record developed in conjunction with the
National Broadband Plan, the Bureaus are concerned that people who are
blind or have other vision disabilities have few accessible and
affordable wireless phone options. More specifically, according to
statements made at the workshop, the vast majority of mobile telephones
are not accessible to this population without the addition of expensive
software. The Bureaus are also concerned that many wireless
technologies may not be compatible with Braille displays needed by
individuals who are deaf-blind. In addition, according to the
participants of the June 15th meeting, many specialized technologies
needed to enable wireless telecommunications access for the deaf-blind
community are cost prohibitive and difficult to find.
Federal Communications Commission.
Karen Peltz Strauss,
Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2010-19298 Filed 8-4-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
Barbara Jackson LeMoine
Public Policy Assistant
American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
blemoine at acb.org
The American Council of the Blind is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people.
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