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Released: February 10, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC)

Minutes

February 10, 2012

Welcome and introductions were made and attendance was called for by EAAC Co-Chair
David Dzumba and Richard Ray. Cheryl King called the attendance and a list of the
attendees is attached to these minutes as APPENDIX A. The Agenda for this meeting is
attached as APPENDIX B. The minutes of the November 18, 2011 meeting were approved.

Patrick Donovan provided an update on the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security
Bureau NG911 NPRM proceeding. Karen Strauss gave an update on Twenty-First Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) proceedings and other activities of
interest to the EAAC at the FCC. Karen reported on ongoing FCC rulemakings of possible
interest to advocates and consumers with disabilities as well as industry partners.

Cheryl King gave an overview of the 2011 EAAC activities: development of the 2011 EAAC
nationwide survey of individuals with disabilities; preparation of the EAAC Survey Report;
development of recommendations per the CVAA, and preparation of the EAAC Report and
Recommendations.

An open discussion of 2012 activities and deliverables followed. The EAAC reviewed the
four recommendations that the EAAC committed to following up on in 2012:

Recommendation P2.10: Sign Language and Other Communications Assistance -
recommends that the FCC and DOJ work together to create policy that PSAPs must
employ Sign Language Interpreters or Assistance Services that provide interpreters
fully trained in emergency situations, subject to both emergency and interpreter
certification standards.

Recommendation. P3.3 Interoperability Testing - recommends that the FCC define
policies and regulations which require originating and other service providers,
emergency service network providers, vendors, developers and manufacturers of
systems to perform regular testing necessary to verify interoperability of accessibility
related communication formats.

Recommendation P6.3 Timeline Contingency - recommends that NG9-1-1
implementation timelines for product manufacturers, service providers,
telecommunication and advanced communication service providers are aligned with
the deployment of NG9-1-1 PSAPS geographically.

Recommendation T1.2 Short Term Mobile Solutions - recommends that the FCC
work with Department of Justice, industry, academia, consumer groups and public
safety entities to develop an interim solution that can be rapidly deployed to provide
nationwide access to 9-1-1 services through industry standards-based mobile text
communications solution(s) to provide critical coverage for this important
constituency during the transition to NG9-1-1.


Three additional areas for consideration were presented: 1. TTY transition / Roadmap; 2.
complete sections deleted from EAAC Report and Recommendations; 3. identify gaps and
potential problems in NENA i3 with respect to the EAAC recommendations.

Cheryl King announced that the FCC had prepared Certificates of Appreciation for the
EAAC members, in recognition of their 2011 commitment and hard work. She distributed
the Certificates to those in attendance and advised the remainder would be sent to those not
present.

The meeting recessed for lunch. After the lunch break, the EAAC called for public comment
but no one rose to speak.

Called back to order, it was proposed and accepted that the seven areas discussed earlier
would be assigned to seven subcommittees for consideration. Gregg Vanderheiden offered to
set up a “doodle poll” on the Internet so that EAAC members could select the
subcommittee(s) on which they want to serve. Cheryl King was asked to identify
subcommittees and advise the EAAC of the membership of the subcommittees.

It was discussed that the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) was holding its
annual “911 Goes to Washington” event the last week of March 2012. Several EAAC
members suggested that the EAAC conduct a meeting during that week and have a 2-day
event so that members traveling from out-of-town could maximize their travel. It was
suggested that the EAAC might sponsor an exhibition of text-to-911 technologies and
applications during that time and have a formal EAAC meeting on March 30, 2012. It was
agreed that that would be explored by the Co-chairs.

Discussion continued about activities and meetings through out the rest of 2012, and several
members encouraged the EAAC not to meet every month. Representatives of Gallaudet
University advised that May 11, 2012, (the 2nd Friday of May) was Gallaudet’s graduation
and requested any May meeting be held May 18th. A schedule for 2012 meetings and
activities will be developed with subcommittee workings contemplated.

The meeting was adjourned.


Appendix A

EAAC Meeting

Friday, February 10, 2012

Attendance in person and on conference bridge

Bernard

Aboba

X

Ronnie

Cotton

X

Brian

Daly

X

Patrick

Donovan

X

Toni

Dunne

X

David

Dzumba

X

Jean-Paul

Emard

X

Sheri A.

Farinha

X

Laurie

Flaherty

X

Mark

Fletcher

X

Daniel

Fok

X

Matthew

Gerst

X

Kevin

Green

X

Eliot

Greenwald

X

Gunnar

Hellstrom

X

Brendan

Kasper

X

Rebecca

Ladew

X

Chris

Littlewood

X

Robert

Mather

X

Neil

Mcdevitt

X

Paul

Michaelis

X

Don

Mitchell

X

Peter

Musgrove

X

Jim

Nixon

X

Donna

Platt

X

Richard

Ray

X

Marcie

Roth

X

Laura

Ruby

X

Gregory

Schumacher

X

Susan

Sherwood

X

John

Snapp

X

Alfred

Sonnenstrahl

X

Karen

Strauss

X

Mark

Stern

X

Gregg

Vanderheiden

X

Arnoud

Van Wijk

X

Christian

Vogler

X

Norm

Williams

X

Joel

Ziev

X


Appendix B

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC)

Working Agenda1

February 10, 2012

10:30 – 10:40 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions and Attendance
EAAC Co-Chairs David Dzumba and Richard Ray

10: 40 – 10:50 a.m.

Review and approval of minutes of
November 18, 2011 EAAC meeting

10:50 – 11:00 a.m.

Update on FCC activities

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Overview of 2011 EAAC activities (survey, survey
report, recommendations)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Presentation of draft plan for EAAC activities in 2012

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Discussion of draft plan for EAAC activities in 2012
and possible forum/summits
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Break for lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Discussion of possible 2012 FCC

event on
Interim Text-to-911 and EAAC participation

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Discussion of working groups on 2012 meetings and
events

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Public Comment period (open mike)

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Discussion of meetings and activities for 2012

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Wrap up



1 There may be changes in the order of agenda items as the meeting progresses.

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