Consumer Contact List -- 2-line captioned telephone,
captioning exemption, CAD re-charter
To: Consumer Contact List
From: Karen Peltz Strauss, RERC-TA
Re: Consumer Contact List - 2-line captioned telephone, captioning exemption, CAC re-charter
Date: December 24, 2004
1. Happy Holidays!! I wish everyone a joyful holiday season and a wonderful New Year - may the upcoming year bring peace and
access to all! Thank you to everyone who has been supportive over the past year on the many issues brought to you through this
list. (Now, on to the update. . . )
2. Petitions released for public comment on 2-line captioned telephone service: Ultratec, Sprint and Hamilton have
petitioned the FCC to provide two line captioned telephone service, a service that enables users to use their telephones as if
they were not going through any relay service (allowing direct access to 911, and other telephone features). NECA has filed a
petition proposing that the costs of incoming interstate 2-line VCO calls, which do not have identifiable geographic locators,
be divided between the state (90%) and interstate TRS funds (10%). The same cost allocation method is used for 900 calls.
Comments on both petitions are due on January 7, 2005. Reply comments are due on January 19, 2005.
Released: 12/16/2004. REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION FILED BY ULTRATEC, INC., SPRINT CORPORATION AND HAMILTON, RELAY, INC. AND
PETITION FOR DECLARATORY RULING FILED BY THE NATIONAL EXCHANGE CARRIER ASSOCIATION, INC. CONCERNING TWO-LINE CAPTIONED
TELEPHONE VOICE CARRY OVER. (DA No.04-3921). (Dkt No 98-67, 03-123) Pleading Cycle
Established. Comments Due: 01/07/2005. Reply Comments Due: 01/19/2005.
CGB. Contact: Dana Jackson at (202) 418-2247, TTY: (202) 418-7898,
3. Request for Captioning Exemption - Lewis Memorial Baptist Church has requested an exemption from the closed captioning
mandates. A link to the petition is listed below.
Released: 12/21/2004. REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED
CAPTIONING RULES CSR 6283. (DA No. 04-3986). MB. Contact: Sonia
Greenaway-Mickle or Steve Garner at (202) 418-7200, TTY: (202) 418-7172
4. FCC to re-charter Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) - Below is a notice about the FCC's decision to renew the
CAC, which is the Commission's advisory committee on consumer and disability affairs. The deadline for applying for
membership on the committee is January 31, 2005.
DA 04-3892 Released: December 14, 2004
Announcement of Rechartering, and Solicitation of Members For Consumer Advisory Committee
In this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission ("Commission") seeks nominations for membership on its Consumer
Advisory Committee ("Committee"), a federal advisory committee that addresses consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the
Commission. Applications should be submitted in accordance with the procedures outlined below.
The Commission established the Committee in November 2000 for the purpose of making recommendations regarding consumer
issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and to facilitate the participation of consumers (including people with
disabilities and underserved populations, such as American Indians and persons living in rural areas) in proceedings before the
Commission. See Public Notice (rel. Nov. 30, 2000), 15 FCC Rcd 23798, as published in the Federal Register (65 FR 76265, Dec.
6, 2000). On November 20, 2002, the initial Charter of the Committee terminated.
The Charter was renewed for another two (2) year term, and the name of the Committee was changed to the Consumer Advisory
Committee to better reflect its mandate and activities. On November 19, 2004, the charter of the Committee was again renewed
for another two (2) year term. This renewal is necessary and is in the public interest. The Committee is organized under, and
will operate in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (1988).
Each meeting of the Committee will be open to the public. A notice of each meeting will be published in the Federal Register
at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the meeting. Records will be maintained of each meeting and made available for public
The topics to be addressed by the Committee will include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
Consumer protection and education (e.g., cramming, slamming, consumer friendly billing, detariffing, bundling of services,
Lifeline/Linkup programs, customer service, privacy, telemarketing abuses, and outreach to underserved populations, such as
Native Americans and persons living in rural areas).
Access by people with disabilities (e.g., telecommunications relay services, video description, closed captioning,
accessible billing and access to telecommunications products and services). Impact upon consumers of new and emerging
technologies (e.g., availability of broadband, digital television, cable, satellite, low power FM, and the convergence of these
and emerging technologies).
Implementation of Commission rules and consumer participation in the FCC rulemaking process. During calendar year 2005, it
is anticipated that the Committee will meet in Washington, D.C. for three (3) one-day meetings. In addition, as needed, working
groups or subcommittees will be established to facilitate the Committee's work between meetings of the full Committee.
Meetings will be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.
The Commission seeks applications from interested organizations or institutions, from both the public and private sectors,
that wish to be considered for membership on the Committee. Selections will be made on the basis of factors such as expertise
and diversity of viewpoints that are necessary to address effectively the questions before the Committee.
Applicants should be recognized experts in their fields, including, but not limited to, organizations focusing upon consumer
advocacy, disabilities, underserved populations (e.g., persons living in rural areas and tribal communities),
telecommunications infra-structure and equipment, telecommunications services (including wireless), and broadcast/cable
services. Individuals who do not represent an organization or institution are also welcome to apply, but each individual should
be aware that government ethics rules requiring financial and other disclosures may apply to such applicants.
The number of Committee members will be established to effectively accomplish the Committee's work. Members must be
willing to commit to a two-year term of service, should be willing and able to attend three (3) one-day meetings per year in
Washington, D.C., and are also expected to participate in deliberations of at least one working group or subcommittee. The
Commission is unable to pay per diem or travel costs.
APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE
Applications should be received by the Commission no later than January 31, 2005, and should be sent to the Federal
Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Attn.: Scott Marshall, via e-mail to email@example.com or, via facsimile to 202-418-6509.
Due to the extensive security screening of incoming mail since September 11, 2001, delivery of mail sent to the FCC may be
delayed. Therefore, we ask that applications be submitted by email or fax. Applications will be acknowledged within five (5)
business days of receipt, via a date stamped copy of the application mailed to the address of the primary representative
specified in the application.
A specified application form is not required. However, applications should include the following information:
(1) The name of the organization or institution applying for Committee membership (hereinafter the "applicant"); (2) The
name of the applicant's primary representative including title, postal mailing address, email address, and telephone
number; (3) The name of applicant's alternate representative including title, postal mailing address, email address,
and telephone number; (4) A statement of the interests represented by the applicant and a detailed description of the
applicant's knowledge and qualifications to serve on the Committee; (5) A statement by the applicant indicating a
willingness to serve on the Committee for a two year period of time. (6) A commitment to attend three (3) one-day meetings per
year in Washington, D.C. at the applicant's own expense; and (7) A commitment to work on at least one working group or
subcommittee. Members will have an initial and continuing obligation to disclose any interests in, or connections to, persons
or entities that are, or will be, regulated by or have interests before the Commission.
After the applications have been reviewed, the Commission will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the
appointment of the Committee members and the first meeting date of the Committee. All applicants will be notified via U.S. mail
concerning the disposition of their applications. It is anticipated that appointments to the Committee will be made in March of
2005 with the first meeting of the Committee to occur in April of 2005.
To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio
format), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice),
For further information contact: Scott Marshall, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications
Commission, 202-418-2809 (voice) or 202-418-0179 (TTY), email@example.com
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This page last updated:December 24, 2004
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