- E-Gov/Civic Engagement (8/6/09)
- Technology/Fixed Broadband (8/13/09)
- Technology/Wireless (8/13/09)
- International Lessons (8/18/09)
- Opportunities for Small and Disadvantaged Businesses (8/18/09)
- Broadband Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities (8/20/09)
- Education (8/20/09)
- Public Safety and Homeland Security (8/25/09)
- Smart Grid, Broadband and Climate Change (8/25/09)
- Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Private Investment (8/26/09)
- Job Training (8/26/09)
- Technology/Applications and Devices (8/27/09)
- State and Local Governments: Toolkits and Best Practices (9/1/09)
- Benchmarks (9/2/09)
- Big Ideas with Potential to Substantially Change the Internet (9/3/09)
- Broadband Consumer Context (9/9/09)
- Health Care (9/15/09)
- The Role of Content in the Broadband Ecosystem (9/17/09)
- Spectrum (9/17/09)
- Cyber Security (9/30/09)
- Diversity and Civil Rights Issues in Broadband Policy (10/2/09)
- Economic Issues in Broadband Competition (10/9/09)
- Broadband Accessibility for People with Disabilities II: Barriers, Opportunities and Policy Recommendations (10/20/09)
- Capitalization Strategies for Small and Disadvantaged Businesses (11/12/09)
- Future Fiber Architectures and Local Deployment Choices (11/19/09)
- Research Recommendations for the Broadband Task Force (11/23/09)
- Lessons for the National Broadband Plan from Local Officials Representing Under-served Communities (12/9/09)
- Global Broadband Connects America and the World: Infrastructure, Services and Applications (12/10/09)
- Review and Discussion of Broadband Deployment Research (12/10/09)
- Broadband and New Media Strategies for Minority Radio (1/26/10)
- The Broadband Availability Gap (5/6/10)
Workshop: Broadband Accessibility for People with Disabilities II: Barriers, Opportunities and Policy Recommendations
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Share Your Ideas on Developing the National Broadband Plan.
Barriers, Opportunities, and Policy Recommendations will continue the open discussion among the FCC and all who have a stake in the future of broadband and its accessibility for people with disabilities, including the disability community, network and service providers, equipment manufacturers, and software producers, technologists, economists, academics, representatives from trade associations and non-profits, and representatives from tribal, local, state, and federal governments.
The goal of this follow-up workshop is to clearly identify (i) accessibility and affordability barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing broadband capabilities; (ii) opportunities that broadband can present for people with disabilities; and (iii) policy recommendations that will address the barriers to broadband for people with disabilities and maximize the opportunities related to broadband for people with disabilities.
In conjunction with the panels, there will be exhibits of assistive technologies that are used by people with disabilities to access broadband technologies as well as universally designed mass market broadband technologies that can be used by people with disabilities.
Simultaneous with the webcast, the meeting will be available through Accessible Event, a service that works with your web browser to make presentations accessible to people with disabilities. You can listen to the audio and use a screen reader to read displayed documents. You can also watch the video with open captioning. Accessible Event is available at, http://accessibleevent.com/.
The web page prompts for an Event Code which is, 005202376.
To learn about the features of Accessible Event, consult its User's Guide at, http://accessibleevent.com/doc/user_guide/.
The following are some of the preliminary topics that will be covered at this workshop. If you would like to discuss any other topics, please send us your suggestions.
- What are the specific barriers to broadband accessibility and affordability for (i) people with sight disabilities; (ii) people with hearing disabilities; (iii) people with speech disabilities; (iv) people who are deaf blind; (v) people with mobility disabilities; and (vi) people with intellectual disabilities and social communication disabilities, including autism?
- What are the technological barriers, solutions, and costs as they relate to broadband networks, services, equipment, software and tech support that affect people with disabilities?
- What is the potential for broadband to further education, job creation/entrepreneurial activities, health care, civic participation, emergency preparedness and response, telework, social networking, and other national purposes for people with disabilities?
- What programs and services currently exist that provide or subsidize broadband equipment and broadband internet access for people with disabilities, and what lessons have been learned from these programs?
- What specific policy recommendations related to disability access should be included in the National Broadband Plan?
|9:15 am||Welcome: Sherrese Smith, Legal Advisor for Media, Consumer, and Enforcement Issues, Office of the Chairman
Logistics: Cheryl J. King, Disability Rights Office, FCC
|9:30 am||Panel 1: Leveraging Federal and State Resources to Make Broadband Accessible and Affordable
|10:30 am||Panel 2: Accessibility and Affordability Barriers to Broadband and Internet Use Faced by People with Disabilities
|11:30 a.m.||Panel 3: Advancing National Purposes for People with Disabilities
|12:30 p.m.||Break for Lunch on Your Own
|1:30 p.m.||Panel 4: Technological Barriers and Solutions
|2:30 p.m.||Policy Roundtable (Welcoming Remarks by Commissioner Michael J. Copps)
September 18, 2009
Comment Sought on Broadband Accessibility for People with Disabilities Workshop II: Barriers, Opportunities, and Policy Recommendations
Public Notice DA 09-2080
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