[Nfbmo] FCC Seeks Comments on Accessible, Affordable Cell Phone Options

Dewey Bradley dewey.bradley at att.net
Fri Jul 23 18:27:12 UTC 2010

This is a step in the right direction, It would be nice to go buy a phone 
and have it accessible right out of the box, the same with things like cable 
and sattlelight receavers
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shelia Wright" <sbwright95 at att.net>
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> Thanks Fred. This is good info to have and for us to act on.
> Shelia
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fred Olver <goodfolks at charter.net>
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> Subject: [Nfbmo] FCC Seeks Comments on Accessible, Affordable Cell Phone 
> Options
>  Subject: FCC Seeks Comments on Accessible, Affordable Cell Phone Options
>  for the Blind
>  Below is a notice the Federal Communications Commission released
>  Monday seeking comments on systemic approaches the agency can take in
>  increasing accessible and affordable cell phone options for the blind.
>  For those in the United States, this is an excellent opportunity to
>  share our concerns and ideas for something better.  The footnotes are
>  at the end of the document.
> DA 10-1324
>  Released:  July 19, 2010
>  Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
>  And Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
>  Seek Comment on Accessible Mobile Phone Options for
>  People who are Blind, Deaf-blind, or Have Low Vision
>  Comment Date: September 13, 2010
>  Reply Comment Date:  September 30, 2010
>      On May 13, 2010, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the
>  Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau held a workshop on "Expanding
>  Disability Access with Wireless Technologies" (Wireless Access
>  Workshop) to learn more about mobile communications issues facing
>  people with disabilities and the ways in which new technologies can
>  offer opportunities to meet the communications access needs of this
>  community.  Participants included stakeholders from the disability
>  community, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations.  On June
>  15, 2010, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau met with twelve
>  members of the deaf-blind community, along with representatives of the
>  Helen Keller National Center and the American Association of the
>  Deaf-Blind.1  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss
>  telecommunications and Internet barriers experienced by this
>  population.
>      Based on the input that Commission staff received during these
>  events, along with the record developed in conjunction with the
>  National Broadband Plan,2 we are concerned that people who are blind
>  or have other vision disabilities have few accessible and affordable
>  wireless phone options.3  More specifically, according to statements
>  made at the workshop, the vast majority of mobile telephones are not
>  accessible to this population without the addition of expensive
>  software.  We are also concerned that many wireless technologies may
>  not be compatible with Braille displays needed by individuals who are
>  deaf-blind.  In addition, according to the participants of the June
>  15th meeting, many specialized technologies needed to enable wireless
>  telecommunications access for the deaf-blind community are cost
>  prohibitive and difficult to find.
>    In order to be fully informed on the issues raised by consumers and
>  determine appropriate next steps to achieve telecommunications access
>  for these populations, we seek input from all stakeholders on the
>  following:
>  (1) The wireless phone features and functions in the current
>  marketplace that are not accessible for people who are blind, have
>  vision loss, or are deaf-blind and the extent to which gaps in
>  accessibility are preventing wireless communication access by these
>  populations;
>  (2) The cost and feasibility of technical solutions to achieve
>  wireless accessibility for these populations;
>  (3) Reasons why there are not a greater number of wireless phones -
>  particularly among less expensive or moderately-priced handset models
>  - that are accessible to people who are blind or have vision loss;
>  (4) Technical obstacles, if any, to making wireless technologies
>  compatible with Braille displays, as well as the cost and feasibility
>  of technical solutions to achieve other forms of compatibility with
>  wireless products and services for people who are deaf-blind;
>  (5) Recommendations on the most effective and efficient technical and
>  policy solutions for addressing the needs of consumers with vision
>  disabilities, including those who are deaf-blind.
>  (6) Recommendations on actions that our bureaus or the Commission
>  should take to address the current lack of access.  For example, is
>  additional guidance needed on specific access features that should be
>  included in wireless products? Should we facilitate a dialogue among
>  stakeholders in order to reach a specific agreement to address the
>  accessibility concerns outlined above?
>  Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules,
>  interested parties may file comments on or before September 13, 2010
>  and reply comments on or before September 30, 2010.  Comments may be
>  filed using:  (1) the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System
>  (ECFS), (2) the Federal Government's eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by
>  filing paper copies.  See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking
>  Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
>  * Electronic Filers:  Comments may be filed electronically using the
>  Internet by accessing the ECFS:  http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/.  Filers
>  should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting
>  comments.
>  * Paper Filers:  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, filers
>  must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or
>  rulemaking number.
>  * Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial
>  overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service
>  mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S.
>  Postal Service mail).  All filings must be addressed to the
>  Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal
>  Communications Commission.
>  * The Commission's contractor will receive hand-delivered or
>  messenger-delivered paper filings 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 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, Express, and Priority mail must be
>  addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC  20554.
>  A copy of this document and any subsequently filed documents in this
>  matter will be available during regular business hours at the FCC
>  Reference Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-A257,
>  Washington, DC 20554, (202) 418-0270.  This document and any
>  subsequently filed documents in this matter may also be purchased from
>  the Commission's duplicating contractor at their website,
>  www.bcpiweb.com, or by calling 1-800-378-3160.  A copy of the
>  submission may also be found by searching on the Commission's
>  Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) at
>  http://www.fcc.gov.cgb/ecfs.
>  To request materials in accessible formats for people with
>  disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format),
>  send an e-mail to fcc504 at fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental
>  Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).
>  Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-1776; TTY (202) 418-1169 or email
>  at Elizabeth.Lyle at fcc.gov.
>  -FCC-
>  1 Meeting summary available at
>  http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7020511584.
>  2 See, e.g., American Association of the Deaf-Blind Comments in re:
>  NBP PN#4 (Comment Sought on Broadband Accessibility for People with
>  Disabilities Workshop II:  Barriers, Opportunities, and Policy
>  Recommendations - NBP Public Notice #4, GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51,
>  09-137, Public Notice 24 FCC Rcd 11968 (CGB 2009), filed Oct. 6, 2009,
>  at 1-2.
>  3 See e.g., Comments of Paul Schroeder, American Foundation for the
>  Blind, "Expanding Disability Access with Wireless Technologies," (May
>  13, 2010), (Wireless Access Workshop),
>  http://reboot.fcc.gov/video-archives.
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