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Released: February 23, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 12-266

February 23, 2012

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION’S

EMERGENCY ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

TO SPONSOR AN EXHIBITION FAIR OF

“TEXT-TO-911” TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS

MARCH 28 & 29, 2012

On March 28 and 29, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission)
Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) will sponsor an Exhibition Fair of “text-to-9-
1-1” mobile solutions in its Technology Experience Center. The EAAC is an advisory
committee required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
of 2010 (CVAA).1 Its purpose is to determine the most effective and efficient technologies and
methods by which to enable access to Next Generation 911 (NG911) emergency services by
individuals with disabilities.2 During the spring of 2011, the EAAC conducted a nationwide
survey of individuals with disabilities and released a report on that survey on June 21, 2011.3
Following release of the survey report, the EAAC developed recommendations, which it
submitted to the Commission on December 7, 2011, as required by the CVAA.4
One of the EAAC’s recommendations covers “text-to-911” mobile solutions that can be
rapidly deployed to provide nationwide access to 9-1-1 services to people with disabilities during
the transition to NG911.5 To further this objective, the EAAC will sponsor an opportunity for
the public to view exhibits and/or demonstrations of existing and potential text-to-911
technologies and applications. The exhibits will be displayed in the Commission’s Technology
Experience Center, located at the Commission’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
We invite all interested parties to submit a request to exhibit their “text-to-911” products
and/or services at the upcoming Exhibition Fair. If interested in exhibiting, please contact the
exhibit coordinator at EAAC@fcc.gov as soon as possible to express your interest in


1 Pub. L. No. 111-260, as amended by technical amendments contained in Pub. L. No. 111-265 (Pub. L.
No. 111-260). See also Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of Members and Co-
Chairpersons
, Public Notice, DA 10-2318 (CGB rel. Dec. 7, 2010)
2 Pub. L. No. 111-260 § 106(a).
3 The EAAC Report on Emergency Calling for Persons with Disabilities; Survey Review and Analysis
2011
is available at http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/EAAC/EAAC-REPORT.pdf.
4 See the EAAC Report and Recommendations at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-312161A1.doc
5 Id. Recommendation T1.2.

participating, and submit a description of your proposed exhibit and demonstration by close of
business Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The precise times of the exhibition will be announced at
a later date.
Additional information regarding the EAAC can be found at
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/emergency-access-advisory-committee-eaac. For more
information, contact Cheryl King at (202) 418-2284 or Cheryl.king@fcc.gov or Patrick Donovan
at (202) 418-2413 or patrick.donovan@fcc.gov.
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