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Consumer Advisory Meeting; Petitions for CC exemptions

To: Consumer Contact List
From: Karen Peltz Strauss, RERC-TA
Re: Consumer Contact List - CAC Meeting, Petitions for cc exemptions
Date: October 24, 2004

1. The next Consumer Advisory Committee will be held on November 19, 2004 at the FCC (the full public notice is copied onto this noticel at the end):

Released: 10/21/2004. ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING DATE AND AGENDA OF
CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE. (DA No. 04-3327). CGB. Contact: Scott
Marshall at (202) 418-2809; TTY: (202) 418-0179; Email: Scott.Marshall@fcc.gov
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3327A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3327A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3327A1.txt>

2. Closed Captioning Petitions

1. The FCC has denied a petition for waiver of the closed captioning requirements by Abundant Life Christian Center:

ABUNDANT LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER, VIDEO PROGRAMMING ACCESSIBILITY,
PETITION FOR WAIVER OF CLOSED CAPTIONING REQUIREMENTS. Denied petition
for exemption from the closed captioning requirements of Section 79.1 of
Commission's rules. Action by: Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Media
Bureau. Adopted: 10/18/2004 by MO&O. (DA No. 04-3330). MB
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3330A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3330A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3330A1.txt>

3. Gulf Meadows Church has requested an exemption from the cc rules. A public notice went out on October 19, 2004 and comments are due within 30 days of that date.

Here are the instructions for filing comments from the FCC's public notice on this request:

Please place the case identifier, CSR 6392, on all filings. Comments and oppositions sent via e-mail to the Commission will be considered informal and are not part of the official record. In addition, comments and oppositions filed must indicate that they have been served on the petitioner. All comments and oppositions must be served on petitioner at:

Gulf Meadows Church
Attn: Roy L. Love
8012 Fuqua
P.O. Box 750099
Houston, Texas 77275-0099

In addition, an original and two copies of all comments and oppositions must be filed with the Commission:

Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

Petitioner's reply is due 20 days thereafter. Electronic filing is not available at this time.

This Public Notice and the Petition for Exemption can be viewed in its entirety on the Consumer & Governmental Affairs website at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/caption_exemptions.html.

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DA (04-3327)
Released: October 21, 2004

Announcement of Next Meeting Date and Agenda of Consumer Advisory Committee

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission ("Commission") announces the date and agenda of the next meeting of its Consumer Advisory Committee ("Committee").

Purpose & Functions

The purpose of the Committee is to make recommendations to the Commission 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 Native Americans and persons living in rural areas) in proceedings before the Commission.

Meeting Date

The next meeting of the Committee will take place on Friday, November 19, 2004, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at the Commission's Headquarters Building, Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554.

Meeting Agenda

At its November 19, 2004 meeting, the Committee will (1) receive briefings by FCC staff regarding Agency activities; (2) receive a report and recommendations from its Broadband Working Group with regard to digital television and the Commission's DTV outreach campaign; (3) Receive a report and recommendations from its Consumer Complaints, Education and Outreach working group regarding improvements to the Commissions quarterly report of informal complaints and inquiries; (4) Receive a report and recommendations from its competition Policy working group regarding consumer issues in competition policy; and (5) Receive a report and recommendations from its Homeland Security working group regarding emergency communications. The Committee may also receive a recommendation regarding renewal of the Consumer Advisory Committee charter and membership. The full Committee may take action on any or all of these agenda items. The Committee will also receive a briefing on the latest wireless solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired.

The Committee is organized under, and operates in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2 (1988). Minutes of meetings are available for public inspection at the FCC. Members of the public may address the Committee or may send written comments to: Scott Marshall, Designated Federal Officer of the Committee. scott.marshall@fcc.gov.

The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Meeting agendas and handouts will be provided in accessible formats; sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. The meeting will be webcast with open captioning at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/cac. Request other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities as early as possible; please allow at least 5 days advance notice. Include a description of the accommodation you will need including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to: fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

For further information contact: Scott Marshall, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 202-418-2809 (voice) or 202-418-0179 (TTY), scott.marshall@fcc.gov (e-mail).

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