ERIC Number: ED425566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-26
Reference Count: N/A
Building Bridges to the Information Superhighway: Annual Report of the Disabilities Issues Task Force, Federal Communications Commission (March 1995--April 1996).
Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.
This report describes activities and accomplishments of the Federal Communications Commission's Disabilities Issues Task Force on disabilities issues from March 1995 through April 1996, its first year. Introductory material includes a message from the chairman of the Commission and a statement of the Task Force's purpose, which is to address issues concerning access to information and the media for people with disabilities. The next section summarizes relevant aspects of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The following section summarizes major efforts of the year, including launching of the Task Force, low power radio service rulemaking, identification of the "top ten" activities for the Commission to improve access, a ruling that Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) providers must offer access to optional and discount calling plans, TRS and coin sent paid services, formation of Task Force working groups, public notice on captioning of commission meetings, the universal design forum, the emergency alert system access meeting, rulemaking on hearing aid compatibility, a symposium on captioning, a summit meeting on wireless hearing aid compatibility, and the American Foundation for the Blind honors. Continuing and future Task Force initiatives are also identified, including creating a disabilities World Wide Web home page, improving TRS, and improving accessibility of the FCC. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Information Sources, Public Agencies, Standards, Telecommunications
Web site: http://www.fcc.gov/dtf/annrpt95.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Telecommunications Act 1996