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Remarks of Chairman Wheeler at the 2015 TDI Conference

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Released: August 20, 2015
REMARKS OF FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER
AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY
TDI CONFERENCE, BALTIMORE, MD
AUGUST 20, 2015
Thank you. It’s great to be here.
I know I’m listed as the keynote speaker this morning, but the way I see it, I’m just the warm-up act for
the FCC’s Karen Peltz-Strauss and Greg Hlibok.
Karen and Greg will be hosting a town hall meeting on the CVAA immediately following my remarks.
This audience understands that when it comes to championing accessibility, Karen and Greg are true rock
stars at the FCC – or anywhere for that matter.
Thank you to TDI for your invaluable contributions to expanding communications access for all. Your
organization started out in the 1960s re-wiring, restoring, and delivering the original TTY machines,
which weighed as much as 200 pounds. Fast forward 47 years, and TDI is one of the nation’s most
powerful advocates for equal access to communications in the Internet age.
Special thanks to TDI’s leadership. First, I want to recognize TDI’s former Executive Director, Al
Sonnenstrahl who with us today. During his 15 years with TDI, “Sonny” as you all know him, helped
spearhead many of the giant advances in telecommunications access – for example, access to 911, the
ADA’s requirement for relay services, and closed captioning. I even understand that it was Sonny who
pushed the FCC into creating its Disability Rights Office. Telecommunications equality would not be
what it is today without your extraordinary work during those early years and we thank you for that.
And, of course, thanks to my friend Claude Stout, who has counseled me on accessibility issues from my

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Remarks of Chairman Wheeler at the 2015 APCO Conference

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Released: August 19, 2015
REMARKS OF FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER
AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY
‘EMBRACING CHANGE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS’
APCO CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON, DC
AUGUST 19, 2015
Thank you, APCO, and welcome to Washington.
I always knew public safety professionals were bold, but traveling to DC in August to get work done is
one of the most audacious things I’ve ever heard of.
It was only a few years ago that foreign governments quit paying tropical duty bonuses for being
stationed in Washington for the summer.
Kidding aside, you can still get work done in the dog days of a DC summer.
I’m speaking from first-hand experience.
Earlier this month, the Commission passed rules to enhance the continuity of 911 communications by
requiring providers of fiber-based home voice services to provide consumers with information about
how their service could go down in a power outage, and give consumers the option to buy backup
power.
And last August we adopted rules to ensure that mobile providers enable the delivery of texts to 911.
Public safety doesn’t take a break for the summer, and neither do we.
I mention these decisions, not only because of APCO’s obvious interest in 911, but because they
highlight the broader themes I want to discuss today.
To say this is a time a great technological change is to engage in understatement. You all know this – you
do courageous work on the front lines every day responding to emergencies.
These technology changes are creating new opportunities to enhance public safety.

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Matthew Berry Remarks at Michigan Asso. of Broadcasters Conference

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Released: August 18, 2015

REMARKS OF MATTHEW BERRY,

CHIEF OF STAFF TO FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI,

AT THE MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS

ADVOCACY CONFERENCE

BELLAIRE, MI

AUGUST 18, 2015

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Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Remarks, NUL Annual Convention 2015

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Released: July 30, 2015

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Remarks to the National Urban League

Annual Convention 2015

July 30, 2015

Good morning, Urban Leaguers! What an honor it is for me to take part in
this year’s annual convention,

Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice

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Commissioner O'Rielly Remarks Before the Free State Foundation

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Released: July 28, 2015

Remarks of Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

before the Free State Foundation
“Implementing Regulatory Reform at the FCC”

July 28, 2015

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Commissioner Pai Remarks Before the Churchill Club

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Released: July 17, 2015

REMARKS OF FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

BEFORE THE CHURCHILL CLUB

PALO ALTO, CA

JULY 17, 2015

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Remarks of Chairman Wheeler for Lafayette Utilities System Event

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Released: July 17, 2015

Remarks of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

For the LUS Fiber Ten Year Xtravaganza

July 16, 2015

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Remarks by David Simpson, Rear Admiral (Ret.), at NARUC

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Released: July 14, 2015

Remarks of David Simpson, Rear Admiral (Ret.)

Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Federal Communications Commission

NARUC Panel Discussion re E911 Governance

New York, NY

July 13, 2015

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Commissioner Clyburn Remarks, National Action Network Conference

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Released: July 8, 2015

REMARKS OF COMMISSIONER MIGNON CLYBURN

NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK—LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY CONFERNCE

JULY 8, 2015

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Remarks of Gigi B. Sohn to 'Fiber on Fire' Conference

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Released: June 30, 2015

Fiber to the Home: “Fiber on Fire” Conference

Remarks of Gigi B. Sohn, Counselor to the Chairman

Office of Chairman Tom Wheeler

Anaheim, California

June 30, 2015

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