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VoIP Summit, Broadband Availability, & Captioning Petitions

To: Consumer Contact List
Karen Peltz Strauss, RERC-TA
Re: Consumer Contact List - VoIP Summit, Availability of Broadband, Captioning Petitions

Date: March 16, 2004

1. FCC Summit on VoIP - The FCC's Internet Policy Working Group will be holding the second of its conferences on ways for the FCC to address policy issues as communications move to the Internet. The upcoming session will focus specifically on disabilities issues, and will be held on May 7, 2004. A link to the notice about this event is listed below.

FCC INTERNET POLICY WORKING GROUP TO HOLD SECOND SOLUTIONS SUMMIT ON FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004. News Release. News Media Contact: Meribeth
McCarrick at (202) 418-0654 or Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0511 CGB.
Contact Kelly Jones at (202) 418-7078 or TTY: (202) 418- 7172, email:
Kelly.Jones@fcc.gov
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2. FCC Summit on Emergency Communications - The FCC will be hosting a Summit on "Emergency Communications and Homeland Security: Working with the Disability Community" on March 25, 2004. The conference will seek to identify communications barriers confronting people with disabilities during national emergencies or terrorist attacks and to develop strategies for eliminating these barriers.

3. Broadband Inquiry - The FCC has a new inquiry intended to assess the extent to which broadband technologies are being made available to people through the United States. In addition to examining whether broadband is being introduced in a timely fashion, the proceeding will seek feedback on how to define advanced telecommunications capabilities. The notice about this inquiry is attached.

FCC TO ASSESS WHETHER BROADBAND NETWORKS ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL AMERICANS. FCC Inquiry to Measure Deployment of Broadband
Networks. News Release. Adopted: 03/11/2004. News Media Contact:
Michael Balmoris at (202) 418-0253, email: Michael.Balmoris@fcc.gov
WCB. Contact Regina Brown at (202) 418-7400
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4. Captioning Exemption Petitions - Three new requests for captioning exemptions have been filed by the Brown Trail Church of Christ, Love A Child, Inc. and A Call to Excellence. Links to these notices are listed below.

Released: 03/15/2004. REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES. (DA No. 04-697) CSR 6289. MB. Contact: Sonia
Greenaway-Mickle or Steve Garner at (202) 418-7200
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Released: 03/15/2004. REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES. (DA No. 04-696) CSR 6288. MB. Contact: Sonia
Greenaway-Mickle or Steve Garner at (202) 418-7200.
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-696A1.doc>
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Released: 03/15/2004. REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED
CAPTIONING RULES. (DA No. 04-698) CSR 6290. MB. Contact: Sonia
Greenaway-Mickle or Steve Garner at (202) 418-7200.
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-698A1.doc>
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