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New Chief of CGB; AT&T/BellSouth Merger; Access to Emergency Programming

 

New Chief of CGB; AT&T/BellSouth Merger; Access to Emergency Programming
Date:  January 2, 2007


 1.  New Bureau Chief in CGB.  The FCC has named Catherine Seidel as the new bureau chief of its Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.  A link to the Chairman's announcement is below.  

 

CHAIRMAN KEVIN J. MARTIN ANNOUNCES THE CHIEF OF THE WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU AND CHIEF OF THE CONSUMER AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS BUREAU.  News Release. News Media Contact: Clyde Ensslin at (202) 418-0506  OCM
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269273A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269273A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269273A1.txt>

2.  AT&T/BellSouth Merger.  The FCC's recent approval of the AT&T/BellSouth Merger contains a voluntary, enforceable commitment by AT&T (made on December 28, 2006) to provide the FCC, within 12 months of the merger closing date, a report describing the company's efforts to provide high quality service to customers with disabilities.  This commitment follows requests from disability groups to ensure that the merged company responsibly meets the needs of people with disabilities.  Both Commissioner Copps and Commissioner Adelstein prepared statements responding to the merger that include mention of this disability access merger commitment.   Links to these statements are below.

 

FCC APPROVES MERGER OF AT&T INC. AND BELLSOUTH CORPORATION. Significant Public Interest Benefits Likely to Result.  News Release.
(Dkt No 06-74). News Media Contact: Mark Wigfield at (202) 418-0253  WCB
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A2.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A3.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A4.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A5.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A2.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A3.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A4.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A5.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A1.txt>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A2.txt>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A3.txt>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A4.txt>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269275A5.txt>
 

3.  Clarification of Clarification on Emergency Programming.  In July, the FCC released a clarification of its rules on the obligations of video programming distributors to make their emergency programming visually accessible.  In August, the FCC released another clarification of its rules on this issue.  Consumers were concerned that the FCC's second clarification gave the television distributors too much leeway to avoid their obligations.  The FCC has now released a third clarification (to its August Clarification), to better define these obligations.  This notice is attached.

 

Released:  12/29/2006.  OBLIGATION OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING DISTRIBUTORS TO MAKE EMERGENCY INFORMATION AVAILABLE. (DA No.  06-2627).  CGB. Contact: Thomas Chandler at (202) 418-1475, TTY: (202) 418-0597, email:
Thomas.Chandler@fcc.gov
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2627A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2627A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2627A1.txt>

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