EAAC January Meeting Minutes
Washington, D.C. 20554
Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC)
DRAFT Minutes: January 11, 2013
Welcome remarks and the roll call were made by EAAC Co-Chair Richard Ray. The attendee
list is attached to these minutes as Appendix A. The Agenda for this meeting is attached as
Appendix B. The minutes of the December 14, 2013 were approved, following a motion to
accept the minutes as proposed made by Paul Michaelis, and seconded by Alfred Sonnenstrahl.
David Furth and Zenji Nakazawa provided an update on the Text-to-911 rulemaking proceeding,
consumer outreach efforts, and and other Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB)
activities of interest to the EAAC. Mr. Furth shared the recent issuance of the PSHSB derecho
report and efforts to strengthen the reliability and resiliency nationwide of the 9-1-1
communications networks during major disasters, and the plans to issue a report and
recommendations based on public input regarding NG911 legal and regulatory frameworks to
Congress in February. Mr. Nakazawa reviewed the comment cycle dates for the text-to-911
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), and shared details about a 9-1-1 webinar
scheduled for January 24.
Karen Peltz Strauss provided an overview on the Twenty-First Century Communications and
Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) rulemaking proceedings regarding accessible televised
emergency information and user interfaces for blind and visually impaired individuals, and
timelines for new CVAA requirements such as recordkeeping obligations, video description
rules, IP-captioning rules, and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. Ms.
Peltz Strauss shared the Commission’s dedication not only to implement CVAA requirements
but also to cooperatively collaborate with the industry on voluntary measures, such as the recent
Second Annual Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility to recognize innovative
accessibility initiatives, and perhaps in the future such an event could have a special emphasis on
emergency services if so desired. Ms. Peltz Strauss announced the six-month extension of the
EAAC charter in order to enable the EAAC to complete its critically important work.
After the lunch break, discussion ensued to review EAAC’s next steps given the six-month
extension of the charter and the respective status quo of each of the less active four of the seven
EAAC subcommittees, which are listed below as 2, 4, 5, and 7:
2. Interoperability Testing (recommended termination per Bernard Aboba since such a topic
should be integrated in all other subcommittee work products)
3. Media Communication Line Services,
4. Complete Detailed Report Sections (Bob Mather, who co-chairs this with Bruce McFarlane,
recommended updating Chapter 3 of its prior report.)
5. Identify Gaps in NENA i3 compared to EAAC Recommendations (Christian Vogler agreed to
lead the efforts to complete the accessibility-related standards and update the roster of the
6. TTY Transition Issues, and
7. Timeline Alignment (Don Mitchell and Kevin Green agree as co-chairs that its draft is nearly
complete and will be submitted in a few months.)
Subcommittees then provided overviews of their respective draft reports. [The powerpoint
presentation files have been posted on the FCC EAAC website.]
Subcommittee #1 Co-Chairs Gregg Vanderheiden and Brian Daly provided an overview of its
draft report on recommendations regarding Text-to-911. Given the extra time available, the
EAAC is asked to provide input on the draft by February 11, 2013, as the subcommittee has
reached consensus on the recommendations as set forth in the report.
Subcommittee #3 Co-Chairs Chris Littlewood and Donna Platt provided an overview of its draft
report on NG9-1-1 Media Communication Line Services and ask that comments be submitted no
later than two weeks (January 25, 2013) so they can subsequently seek external feedback as well.
Input was shared that the report should be reviewed by the VRS/SIP industry and further
examination/data collection be conducted about the protocols, staffing, and size of the centers.
Subcommittee #6 Co-Chairs Gunner Hellstrom and Paul Michaelis provided an overview of its
draft report on recommendations regarding TTY transition issues. Input was shared to
emphasize importance of transitionary protocol supports.
Group consensus was reached to schedule the next EAAC meeting for Friday, March 1, 2013
from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
On behalf of EAAC, Co-Chair Richard Ray thanked sponsors TeleCommunications Systems,
Inc. and T-Mobile for providing breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.
EAAC Meeting on Friday, January 11, 2013
Attendance in person and on conference bridge
Also in attendance were subject matter experts serving on subcommittees:
Roger Hixson and Kathy McMahon
Federal Communications Commission
Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC)
January 11, 2013
10:30 a.m. EST
Welcome, Introductions and Attendance
EAAC Co-Chairs David Dzumba & Richard Ray
Consider and approve minutes from previous meeting
Report on text-to-911 rulemaking proceeding, consumer outreach efforts,
and other Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau activities of
interest to the EAAC (PSHSB, FCC)
Update on CVAA and report on next steps and scope for EAAC
(Karen Peltz Strauss)
12:00 p.m. EST
Break for lunch
Open discussion on planning and training for roll-out of text-to-911
Approval of subcommittees’ final reports, and/or discussion of drafts
Subcommittee #1 – Recommendations on Text Messaging to 911 (Gregg
Vanderheiden and Brian Daly)
Subcommittee #3 – Media Communication Line Services (Donna Platt
and Chris Littlewood)
Subcommittee #6 – TTY Transition Issues (Gunnar Hellstrom and Paul
Call for public comment
3:30 p.m. EST
1 There may be changes in the order of agenda items as the meeting progresses.
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