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CAC Meeting; AT&T/BellSouth Merger; FCC Staff Changes

 

CAC Meeting; AT&T/BellSouth Merger; FCC Staff Changes
Date:  October 25, 2006


 1.  Consumer Advisory Committee - The next meeting of the Consumer Advisory Committee will be held on November 3, 2006.  Please note that the meeting location for this meeting has been changed, and is provided on the public notice that is linked below (the second one noted below).  

Released:  10/12/2006.  ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING DATE AND AGENDA OF CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE. (DA No.  06-1998).  CGB. Contact:  Scott
Marshall at (202) 418-2809, email: scott.marshall@fcc.gov, TTY: (202) 418-0179 <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1998A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1998A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1998A1.txt>

 

Released:  10/25/2006.  FCC ANNOUNCES CHANGE OF VENUE FOR NOVEMBER 3RD CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING. (DA No.  06-2059).  CGB. Contact: Scott Marshall at (202) 418-2809, email: Scott.Marshall@fcc.gov, TTY:(202) 418-0179
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2059A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2059A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2059A1.txt>

 

2. AT&T/BellSouth Merger.  On October 13, 2006, the FCC sought comment on the merger of AT&T and BellSouth.  Although the time for filing comments was very brief and expired on October 24, 2006, various disability organizations did submit comments, requesting the Commission to impose 3 conditions on the proposed merger.  These are:  (1) to extend the obligations of Sections 225 (relay services), 251 (interconnection access), 255 (access to services and equipment) and 710 (hearing aid compatibility) to the newly merged company (including information services provided by that company); (2) to ensure the pass-through of closed captions on IPTV services provided by the merged company when those captions originated on television programming (and were subject to the FCC's captioning rules); and (3) to ensure that customer services provided by the newly formed company meet the needs of people with disabilities.   Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the pleading can contact me or find it on the FCC's electronic filing system under Docket 06-74.

 

Released:  10/13/2006.  APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO TRANSFER OF CONTROL FILED BY AT&T INC. AND BELLSOUTH CORPORATION/COMMISSION SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSALS SUBMITTED BY AT&T INC. AND BELLSOUTH CORPORATION. (DA No. 06-2035). (Dkt No 06-74). Comments Due:  10/24/2006.  WCB. Contact: Nicholas Alexander at (202) 418-2173
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2035A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-2035A1.txt>

 

3.  New FCC staff. Commissioner McDowell has now announced his permanent staff, as indicated in the attached FCC news release.

 

COMMISSIONER ROBERT M. MCDOWELL ANNOUNCES HIRING OF PERMANENT STAFF.
News Release. News Media Contact: Brigid Calamis at (202) 418-2200  CMMR
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267232A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267232A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267232A1.txt>

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