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NOD Universal Design Conference;
Petitions for exemption from relay contributions

To: Consumer Contact List
From: Karen Peltz Strauss, RERC-TA
Re: Consumer Contact List - Universal Design conference;
Petitions for exemption from relay contributions
Date: October 27, 2004

1. The National Council on Disability will be hosting an event on Thursday, October 28, 2004 to release its report on the universal design of new electronic and information technologies. The news release follows:

NEWS ADVISORY

Government, Industry, and Consumers to Address Universal Design
at National Council on Disability News Conference

WASHINGTON The National Council on Disability (NCD) will release a report on universal design at a news conference at 10:00 a.m., October 28 at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Through its report, Design for Inclusion: Creating a New Marketplace, NCD aims to educate designers and manufacturers of ATM machines, cell phones, distance learning software, personal digital assistants, televisions, and voice recognition software about how electronic and information technology intersects with the needs of people with disabilities.

Speakers include:

The Honorable Joel I. Kahn, Ph.D., Member, National Council on Disability

The Honorable Phillip Bond, Under Secretary for Technology Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce

PJ Edington, Governmental Programs Executive, Accessibility, IBM

Jamal Mazrui, Technology Specialist, Federal Communications Commission

Brad Fain, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Tech Applied Research Institute

Laura Ruby, Manager, Regulatory and Industry Affairs, Microsoft

Ken Salaets, Director, Government Relations, Information Technology Industry Council

Kelly Pierce, Co-founder, Digit-Eyes

John Yeh, President, Viable Technologies

For more information, contact Mark Quigley or Joan Durocher at 202-272-2004.

2. A telephone company has requested the FCC to exclude international revenues from the base that is used to calculate payments to the Interstate Relay Fund. The notice about this petition and instructions for commenting follow the brief description below.

Released: 10/25/2004. TELCO GROUP, INC. FILES PETITION FOR DECLARATORY RULING OR WAIVER TO EXCLUDE INTERNATIONAL REVENUES FROM THE REVENUE BASE USED TO CALCULATE PAYMENT TO THE INTERSTATE TRS FUND.
(DA No. 04-3352). (Dkt No 98-67) Pleading Cycle Established. Comments Due:
11/26/2004. Reply Comments Due: 12/10/2004. CGB.
Contact: Dana Jackson at (202) 418-2247, email: Dana.Jackson@fcc.gov,
TTY: (202) 418-7898
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-3352A1.doc>
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TELCO GROUP, INC. FILES PETITION FOR DECLARATORY RULING OR WAIVER TO EXCLUDE INTERNATIONAL REVENUES FROM THE REVENUE BASE USED TO CALCULATE PAYMENT TO THE INTERSTATE TRS FUND
CC DOCKET NO. 98-67

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

Comments Due: November 26, 2004
Reply Comments Due: December 10, 2004

On July 26, 2004, Telco Group, Inc. filed a petition for declaratory ruling or, in the alternative, a petition for waiver to exclude international revenues from the revenue base used to calculate payments to the Interstate TRS Fund. Telco Group, Inc. requests that the Commission exclude international revenues from the TRS Fund payment calculations at least for those carriers whose international revenues comprise a significant proportion of total interstate and international revenues. Telco Group, Inc. also requests a stay of its payment obligation pending the Commission's decision.

Interested parties may file comments in this proceeding on or before November 26, 2004, and reply comments may be filed on or before December 10, 2004. When filing comments, please reference 98-67. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 Fed. Reg. 24,121 (1998). Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to <http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html>. Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must be filed. If multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this proceeding, commenters must transmit one electronic copy of the comment to each docket or rulemaking number referenced in the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number. Parties may also submit electronic comments by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, commenters should send an e-mail to ecfs@fcc.gov, and should include the following words in the body of the message, "get form <your e-mail address>." A sample form and directions will be sent in reply.

Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, commenters must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by electronic media, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Services mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). The Commission's contractor, Natek, Inc., will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings or electronic media for the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. Commercial and electronic media sent by overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-B204 Washington, DC 20554.

Parties who choose to file by paper should also submit their comments on diskette. These diskettes should be submitted, along with three paper copies, to: Dana Jackson, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-A626, Washington, DC 20554. Such a submission should be on a 3.5 inch diskette formatted in an IBM compatible format using Word 97 or compatible software. The diskette should be accompanied by a cover letter and should be submitted in "read only" mode. The diskette should be clearly labeled with the commenter's name, proceeding (including the lead docket number) in this case, CC Docket No. 98-67, type of pleading (comment or reply comment), date of submission, and the name of the electronic file on the diskette. The label should also include the following phrase "Disk Copy - Not an Original." Each diskette should contain only one party's pleadings, preferably in a single electronic file. In addition, commenters must send diskette copies to the Commission's copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing (BCPI), Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY- B402, Washington, DC 20554.

Pursuant to section 1.1206 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206, this proceeding will be conducted as a permit-but-disclose proceeding in which ex parte communications are subject to disclosure.

The full text of this document and copies of any subsequently filed documents in this matter will be available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. This document and copies of subsequently filed documents in this matters may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contract, BCPI, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554. Customers may contact BCPI, Inc. at their web site www.bcpiweb.com or call 1-800-378-3160.

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This Public Notice can also be downloaded in Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro.

For further information, please contact Dana Jackson, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, at (202) 418-2247 (voice), (202) 418-7898 (TTY), or e-mail at Dana.Jackson@fcc.gov.
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