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FCC to Co-Host Two International Conferences Dec 5-6 and Dec 7

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Released: December 2, 2011

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

December 2, 2011 Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0511

International M-Enabling Summit and Showcase

- December 5-6, 2011
Washington, DC -- On December 5 and 6, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) and Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technology (G3itc)
will be co-hosting the International M-Enabling Summit and Showcase. This event is designed
to explore ways to promote and implement accessible mobile communications and services for
senior citizens and persons with disabilities. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, International
Telecommunication Union’s Secretary General Hamadoun Touré, Mohammed Al-Tarawneh,
Inaugural Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities, and Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, will be
among the speakers at the Summit. Approximately 60 additional speakers, including public and
private sector leaders, mobile accessibility experts and disability stakeholders, will address topics
on wireless technology and accessibility. More than 350 people have registered for the
conference, from 30 countries.
On December 5, 2011, the Summit will take place in the morning at the FCC headquarters in the
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20554. (Closest Metro stop:
Smithsonian.) Two Global Policy Briefings will be presented focusing on “The 21st Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act,” and “Policies and Programs to Promote
Accessible and Assistive Mobile Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities,” followed
by remarks by Chairman Genachowski.
Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday, the Summit will be held at the Gaylord National Resort
and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD, 20745. Additional panels
featuring key global stakeholders will address developing, marketing and creating policies on the
use and deployment of mobile assistive and mainstream technologies, applications and services,
as well as how mobile communications can achieve emergency preparedness.

To learn more about or register for the M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase, please
visit: There is no charge to attend the sessions that will
be held at the FCC’s Headquarters on Monday morning, December 5, 2011. Sign language
interpreters and computer aided real-time transcription will be available.
If you are interested in attending the remainder of the M-Enabling Summit at the Gaylord
National Resort and Convention Center, there is a registration fee. Please visit www.m- for registration information for that portion of the summit.

Broadband Adoption and Persons with Disabilities Inquiry Workshop: -

December 7, 2011

On Wednesday, December 7 the FCC, the Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) and Global Initiative
for Inclusive Information and Communications Technology (G3itc) will co-host an international
event entitled the Broadband Adoption and Persons with Disabilities Inquiry Workshop. It will
run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held at the FCC’s Headquarters.
The December 7 workshop will include stakeholders and policymakers from the broadband
industry and the disability community. The discussion will focus on ways to measure broadband
deployment and adoption by persons with disabilities across the globe; social, economic and
cultural barriers to broadband deployment and adoption; and outreach and marketing of
broadband to people with disabilities. Attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in
and contribute to the sessions.
This event will be webcast at: and will be archived. During the workshop, we
will be accepting e-mail questions and comments at
To learn more about this event, please visit: Registration will be
managed by W2i and G3itc. To register for this workshop please E-mail or call Christine Forget-
Leblois at or (404) 918-9011. There is no charge to attend the December
7, 2011 workshop.
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please
include a description of the accommodation you will need, and tell us how to contact you if we
need more information. Please make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will
be accepted but may be impossible to fill. Accommodation requests should be sent to Kelly
Jones, or 202-418-7078 (voice), 202-418-1169 (TTY), or (845) 474-0054

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