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Section 255 and Section 251(a)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, require manufacturers of telecommunications equipment and providers of telecommunications services to ensure that such equipment and services are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, if readily achievable. These amendments ensure that people with disabilities will have access to a broad range of products and services such as telephones, cell phones, pagers, call-waiting, and operator services that were often inaccessible to many users with disabilities.

Key Laws that Impact Telecommunications
Access for People with Hearing Loss
The Basics You Need to Know

Brenda Battat M.S

Outline of Workshop

  • Laws impacting telecommunications access
  • Provisions of the laws
  • Issues surrounding their implementation
  • Agency oversight of the regulations
  • How to file a complaint

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FCC Upholds Analog Sunset

Jan 1 2007

In 2002, the FCC issued an order that would end wireless analog transmissions by 2008.  In deciding not to eliminate its analog requirement right away, the FCC explained that additional time was needed to ensure that hearing aid and cochlear implant users could use digital wireless handsets.