FCC ANNOUNCES AGENDA AND PANELISTS FOR WORKSHOP ON VRS REFORM TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 17, 2009
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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
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December 15, 2009 Rosemary Kimball 202-418-0511
FCC ANNOUNCES AGENDA AND PANELISTS FOR WORKSHOP ON VRS REFORM
TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 17, 2009Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission announces the panelists and
agenda for the workshop on December 17, 2009 focusing on Video Relay Service (VRS) reform.
Although there will not be a public comment period during this workshop, the public is encouraged to
attend, and written ex parte presentations will be accepted. Please see instructions below for filing.
Panelists:Jim Tobias, Inclusive Technologies
Krishna Jayakar, Ph.D., Penn State University
Gregory R. Rosston, Ph.D., Stanford University
Karen Peltz Strauss, Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT)
Claude Stout, Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI)
Sharon Hayes, Video Relay Services Consumer Association (VRSCA)
Rosaline Crawford, National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Sheri Farinha, California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH)
FCC Participants:Mark Stone, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Michael Jacobs, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Gregory Hlibok, Disability Rights Office
Agenda and Topics for Discussion:2:00-2:30
FCC Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Panelists’ Introductory Statements
Fraud and Abuse
The Most Efficient Way to Deliver VRS While Maintaining Functional Equivalency
A Fair and Transparent Compensation Methodology
The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at the FCC’s Washington, DC
headquarters, 445 12th St., SW, on Thursday, December 17, 2009, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The event will
be open to the general public.
Open captioning and sign language interpreters will be provided for this event. Other reasonable
accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of
the accommodation you will need and as much detail as possible. Also, please include your contact
information. Make your request as early as possible. 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).
In order to ensure that everyone has access to the content, a live webcast of the workshop will be
available at the FCC’s website at https://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/. The webcast will be captioned and
archived for viewing at a later time (at https://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/trs.html), or people may listen in
to the workshop by dialing 1-866-566-7390 and entering Code: 4732812.
Persons who wish to make written ex parte presentations regarding the topics to be discussed in
this workshop may do so in accordance with the Commission's “permit-but-disclose” ex parte rules. See
47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200, 1.1206. When making a written ex parte presentation, please label the presentation
as such and reference
CG Docket No. 03-123. Written ex parte presentations may be filed using the
Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), at https://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/, or
by filing paper copies.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file two copies of each presentation.
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.
Effective December 28, 2009, all hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the
Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any
envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. PLEASE NOTE: Through December 24,
2009, the Commission’s contractor will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for
the Commission’s Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002. This
filing location will be permanently closed after December 24, 2009. The filing hours at both locations are
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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.
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