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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
CONSUMER/DISABILITY TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIRST MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 26
Washington, DC - The FCC will receive an important new tool to assist it in
serving consumers, including those with disabilities, when the Consumer/Disability
Telecommunications Advisory Committee holds its first meeting on Monday, March 26.|
Chairman Powell, Commissioners Ness, Furchtgott-Roth and Tristani will offer welcoming remarks.
The Committee is composed of 40 distinguished representatives of business, academia, consumer and disability organizations, Hispanic groups, Indian country, and the public. It will be chaired by nationally-known consumer advocate Shirley Rooker, President of the "Call For Action," the international network of radio and television stations that support consumer hotlines. A list of the Committee members is attached.
The FCC announced the establishment of the Committee on November 30, 2000. Organized under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act at the FCC, it will play a large role in keeping the Commission apprised of the needs and concerns of consumers. It will make recommendations to the Commission regarding consumer and disability issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitate the participation of consumers, including people with disabilities and underserved populations, in proceedings before the Commission.
The Committee will be divided into three subcommittee working groups: Consumer Protection and Education; Access by People with Disabilities; and Availability and Affordability of Telecommunications Products and Services. A list of these working groups with the subjects that they may be exploring is attached. Additional subject matters may be covered at the discretion of the Committee.
The meeting will be held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St., SW, in the Commission Meeting Room, and is open to the public. It will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM. The agenda is attached.
The meeting will be broadcast on the Internet in Real Audio/Real Video format with captioning at www.fcc.gov/cib/cdtac. The meeting will be sign language interpreted and realtime transcription will also be available. Meeting agendas and handout material will also be provided in accessible formats. The meeting site is fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Consumer Information Bureau contact: Scott Marshall at (202) 418-2809 (voice) or (202) 418-0179 (TTY); email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, Southwest, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC
Monday, March 26, 2001
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
A G E N D A
|9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.||Welcome and Call to Order
Shirley Rooker, Committee Chair
Scott Marshall, Designated Federal Officer/Consumer Information Bureau (CIB)
|9:15 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.||Welcome and Remarks
Chairman Michael K. Powell
Commissioner Susan Ness
Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth
Commissioner Gloria Tristani
|9:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.||Review of Meeting Agenda and Logistics
Introduction of Committee Members
|11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.||What We're All About: The FCC
Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, CIB
Margaret Egler, Associate Chief for Policy, CIB
|11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Lunch
|12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.||The Mission of CDTAC
Roderick K. Porter, Acting Chief, CIB
|12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Review of CDTAC Operating Guidelines
|1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.||Charge to Subcommittees
|1:10 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.||Subcommittee Breakout Sessions
|2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.||Break
|3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Report from Subcommittees
Comments from the Public
Wrap-up and Next Steps
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Acting Executive Director Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
National Association of State Relay Administration
Senior Vice President for Law and Regulatory Policy
National Cable Television Association
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center
Robert E. Chrostowski
Government Relations Committee
Telecommunication Industry Association
Michael F. DelCasino
Regulatory Division Manager
Richard T. Ellis
Director of Federal Affairs
Disability Program Manager
Joseph C. Gaskins
WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
National Fraud and Information Center
National Consumers League
Judith E. Harkins, Ph.D.
Dahlia E. Hayles
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund
IDEAL at NCR
Vernon R. James
Health and Human Services
San Carlos Apache Tribe
Technical Standards and Customer Features
Karen Fullum Kirsch
National Association of Broadcasters
Legislative Representative for Telecommunications and Utilities
Federal Affairs Department
Special Assistant to the CEO
Communications Service for the Deaf
Lila Laux, Ph.D.
Human Factors Engineer
Qwest Communications International, Inc.
TRIPOD Captioned Films
Milton J. Little, Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The National Urban League
Paul W. Ludwick
TRS Product Manager
Gila River Telecommunications, Inc.
Kathleen F. O'Reilly
Attorney at Law
Manager of Industry Affairs
Cingular Wireless LLC
American Council of the Blind
Dr. Refugio I. Rochin
Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives
Shirley L. Rooker
Call For Action
Regulatory Program Manager
Alliance for Public Technology
Bob Segalman, Ph.D.
Founder, Speech to Speech
Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
Wynd Communications Corporation
Senior Staff Associate
Telecommunications Research & Action Center
Assistant General Counsel
Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association
SUBCOMMITTEE WORKING GROUPS
Consumer Protection and Education
Access by People with Disabilities
Availability and Affordability of Telecommunications Products and Services