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Emergency Access Advisory Committee Charter Extended to June 14, 2013

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Released: January 11, 2013


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Released: January 11, 2013


Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to

Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities

By this Public Notice, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and the Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) extend the charter
of the Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) by six months until June 14, 2013. This
extension of the charter will enable the EAAC to complete the important work it began in early 2011
pursuant to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).1
The EAAC was chartered on January 14, 20112 to determine the most effective and efficient
technologies and methods by which to enable equal access to emergency services by individuals with
disabilities as part of our nation’s migration to Next Generation 911 (NG9-1-1),3 and to make
recommendations to the Commission on how to achieve those effective and efficient technologies and
methods.4 In spring 2011, the EAAC conducted a nationwide survey of individuals with disabilities and
released a report on that survey on July 21, 2011.5 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.6 However, the EAAC clarified that the December 2011 recommendations did not constitute
the full report and requested additional editorial privileges and the right to submit a full report that will

1 Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-260, 124 Stat.
2751(CVAA) (amending sections 3, 255, 303, 503, 330, 710, and 713 of the Communications Act, and adding
sections 615c and 715-19, codified at 47 U.S.C. §§ 153, 225, 303, 330, 503, 610, 613, 615c, 616-20).
2 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Charter, available at (CGB rel. Jan. 11, 2011) (EAAC Charter);
Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of Members and Co-Chairpersons, Public Notice, DA 10-
2318 (CGB rel. Dec. 7, 2010).
3 47 U.S.C. § 615a.
4 47 U.S.C. § 615c.
5 EAAC, Report on Emergency Calling for Persons with Disabilities Survey Review and Analysis 2011, July 21,
2011, at 3, available at (last visited Jan. 7, 2013).
6 See EAAC, Report and Recommendations, December 11, 2011, available at
report-and-recommendations (last visited Jan.7, 2013); see also 47 U.S.C. § 615c(g) (providing that “[t]he
Commission shall have the authority to promulgate regulations to implement the recommendations proposed by the
[EAAC], as well as any other regulations, technical standards, protocols, and procedures as are necessary to achieve
reliable, interoperable communication that ensures access by individuals with disabilities to an Internet protocol-
enabled emergency network, where achievable and technically feasible”).

contain the technical and policy background for these recommendations at a later date.7 The EAAC
subsequently formed subcommittees to further explain in detail its initial recommendations related to
interoperability testing, language assistance, gaps in existing public safety standards, timelines for
deployment and pre-NG 911 mobile text-to-911 solutions.
The EAAC Charter provides that the EAAC shall terminate two years from the date of the
Charter, thus expiring on January 14, 2013.8 The Commission has received requests from the co-chairs of
the EAAC,9 the Consumers Group and Gallaudet Technology Access Program,10 the National Emergency
Number Association11, and the APCO International12 to extend or renew the Charter to allow the EAAC
to complete its reports and recommendations regarding the accessibility of emergency access by people
with disabilities. Accordingly, by this Public Notice, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and
the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau grant these requests, and provide a six-month extension
of the Charter in order to ensure the EAAC has sufficient time to complete its work, pursuant to the
CVAA.13 The Charter is hereby effective until June 14, 2013.


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Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).


: Suzy Rosen Singleton, Consumer and Governmental
Affairs Bureau, 202-810-1503, or (e-mail); and/or Zenji Nakazawa, Public
Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 202-418-7949, (e-mail).
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7 See EAAC, Report and Recommendations, December 11, 2011, page 3, available at (last visited Jan.8, 2013).
8 EAAC Charter supra note 2.
9 Ex Parte Letter from Messrs. Richard L. Ray and David Dzumba, Co-Chairs, EAAC, to Honorable Julius
Genachowski, Chairman, FCC, CG Docket No. 10-255 (filed Jan. 4, 2013).
10 Ex Parte Letter from the Consumers Group and the Gallaudet Technology Access Program, to the Honorable
Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC, CG Docket No. 10-255 (filed Dec. 21, 2012). The following organizations
comprise the Consumers Group: the National Association of the Deaf, the Telecommunications for the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing, Inc., the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, the Hearing Loss Association of
America, the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, the Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization, and the Gallaudet
University Technology Access Program.
11 Ex Parte Letter from Brian Fontes, CEO, National Emergency Number Association, to Honorable Julius
Genachowski, Chairman, FCC, CG Docket 10-255, (filed Dec. 21, 2012).
12 Ex Parte Letter from Derek K. Poarch, Executive Director, APCO International, to Honorable Julius
Genachowski, Chairman, FCC, CG Docket 10-255 (filed January 10, 2013).
13 See 47 U.S.C. § 615c(d)(2) (providing that “the Advisory Committee shall meet at the call of the chairs, but no
less than monthly until the recommendations required pursuant to subsection (c) are completed and submitted).

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