Federal Communications Commission
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445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 1, 2013
REQUEST FOR COMMENT
PETITION FOR CLASS WAIVER OF COMMISSION'S RULES FOR ACCESS TO ADVANCED
COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
CG Docket No. 10-213
Comments Due: September 3, 2013
Reply Comments Due: September 13, 2013
The Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers (the Coalition), pursuant to section 716(h)(1) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), 47 U.S.C. 617(h)(1), and sections 1.3 and 14.5 of the
Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.3 and 14.5, has filed a petition for a waiver of the Commission's rules
requiring equipment used for advanced communications services (ACS) to be accessible to and usable by
individuals with disabilities.1 The Coalition seeks a waiver for a single class of equipment: e-readers.2 The
Coalition's petition states that, although e-readers are equipment that consumers can use for ACS, they are
designed primarily for reading and therefore qualify for a waiver from the Commission's ACS rules.
Comments and oppositions are due within 30 days from the date of this Public Notice. Reply comments are
due within 10 days after the time for filing comments and oppositions has expired.
Permit-but-Disclose. The proceeding this Public Notice initiates shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose"
proceeding in accordance with the Commission's ex parte
rules.3 Persons making ex parte
file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte
presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must
(1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation
consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter's
written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to such
data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant page
and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them in the
1 Petition for Waiver, CG Docket No. 10-213, filed May 16, 2013 (Coalition Petition). The Coalition consists of
Amazon.com, Inc.; Kobo Inc.; and Sony Electronics Inc.
2 To distinguish e-readers from tablets and other general purpose devices such as PCs that would not be subject to the
waiver request, the Coalition proposes that the waiver expressly apply only to a devices with the following features: (1)
they have no LCD screen; (2) they have no camera; (3) they are not offered or shipped to consumers with built-in ACS
client applications and their manufacturers do not develop ACS applications for their respective devices, though the
devices may include a browser and social media applications; and (4) they are marketed to consumers as reading devices
and promotional material does not tout the capability to access ACS. See
Coalition Ex Parte
Letter Supplementing the
Coalition Petition (July 17, 2013) at 1-2.
3 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte
meetings are deemed to be
written ex parte
presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by
rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte
presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte
presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be
filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their
native format (e.g.
, .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize
themselves with the Commission's ex parte
Filing Instructions. Interested parties may file comments, oppositions, and reply comments on or before the
dates indicated on the first page of this document.
Electronic Filers: Comments and reply comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic
Comment Filing System (ECFS)4 by accessing http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy 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. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary must
be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC
20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together
with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes 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.
Availability of Documents. Comments, reply comments, and ex parte
submissions will be available for
public inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Federal Communications
Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. These documents will also be
available via ECFS. Documents will be available electronically in ASCII, Microsoft Word, and/or Adobe
People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large
print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Consumer and
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY). This Public Notice
can also be
downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/advanced
Additional Information. For additional information on this proceeding, please contact Eliot Greenwald,
202-418-2235, or e-mail email@example.com; or Rosaline Crawford, 202-418-2075, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
, of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.
4 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).