On May 13, 2010, HLAA Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin joined a panel of disability advocates at the FCC workshop on “Expanding Disability Access with Wireless Technologies.” The workshop looked to better understand the challenges and opportunities offered by wireless technologies and how the FCC can help ensure that new technologies are as inclusive as possible.
According to the FCC’s website:
The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress. The commission is committed to being a responsive, efficient and effective agency capable of facing the technological and economic opportunities of the new millennium. http://www.fcc.gov/what-we-do
The FCC addresses a variety of disability-related telecommunications matters, including telecommunications relay service, access to telecommunications equipment and services for people with disabilities, access to emergency information, and closed captioning. The FCC also provides expert advice and assistance to consumers, industry, and others on issues relevant to people with disabilities. The FCC initiates rulemakings for the development of disability policy, conforming with existing disability laws, and policies and supporting the goal of increasing accessibility of communications services and technologies. http://www.fcc.gov/topic/disability
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) posted an Enforcement Advisory January 15, 2010 stating that they have “taken action against several companies for their failure to provide information that helps individuals with hearing disabilities fully utilize phone services – allowing them to communicate effectively on their wireless phones without excessive feedback and noise.”
On November 30, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notified Apple, Inc. of its failure to file a status report in violation of the wireless handset hearing aid compatibility (HAC) filing requirements. The FCC issued a notice of “Apparent Liability for Forfeiture” in the amount of $5,000 for this violation. Read the FCC’s notice to Apple, Inc. [View PDF]