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Notice Concerning Status of Ex Parte Presentations Made to the EAAC

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Released: October 31, 2011


Federal Communications Commission

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DA 11-1818
October 31, 2011



On December 7, 2010, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius
Genachowski announced the establishment of the Emergency Access Advisory Committee
(EAAC), an advisory committee required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and
Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).1 The purpose of the EAAC is to determine the most
effective and efficient technologies and methods by which to enable access to Next Generation
911 emergency services by individuals with disabilities.2 In order to fulfill this mission, the
CVAA directs that within one year after the EAAC's members are appointed, the Committee
shall conduct a national survey, with the input of groups represented by the Committee's
membership, after which the Committee shall develop and submit to the Commission
recommendations to implement such technologies and methods.3
Under the CVAA and the charter and by-laws adopted by the EAAC, the Commission is
responsible for oversight of the EAAC, including its informal working groups and
subcommittees.4 As a result, Commission staff may participate in meetings or other activities
held by the EAAC or its informal working groups or subcommittees. We are therefore
announcing that, pursuant to section 1.1200(a) of the Commission's rules,5 presentations to the
EAAC will be treated as exempt presentations for ex parte purposes. This treatment is
appropriate because presentations to the EAAC, like comments in response to a Notice of
Inquiry, will not directly result in the promulgation of rules.6
We recognize, however, that issues that may be considered or addressed by the EAAC
are the subject of a number of pending Commission proceedings. The Commission will not rely

1 Pub. L. No. 111-260, as amended by technical amendments contained in Pub. L. No. 111-265 ("Pub. L.
No. 111-260"). See Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of Members and Co-Chairpersons,
Public Notice, DA 10-2318 (CGB rel. Dec. 7, 2010).
2 Pub. L. No. 111-260 106(a).
3 Pub. L. No. 111-260 106(c).
4 Pub. L. No. 111-260. See Structure of the EAAC, Charter and By-Laws,
5 47 C.F.R. 1.1200(a).
6 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1204(b)(1) (exempt treatment of Notices of Inquiry).

in these proceedings on any information submitted to the EAAC, or to any of its subcommittees
or working groups, unless that information has been filed in the record of the relevant
Additional information regarding the EAAC can be found at For more
information, contact Cheryl King at (202) 418-2284 or or Patrick Donovan
at (202) 418-2413 or
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