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Collaborating On Bringing Broadband To People With Disabilities

September 18th, 2009 by Gray Brooks - FCC New Media

Today, we are launching a new category on Blogband called "disabilities access."  In this category, we will start with five posts tracking the five panels that we have tentatively proposed for our October 20th follow-up workshop on disabilities access.  The first five posts solicit information relating to workshop planning and policy issues on the following topics:

  • Accessibility and Affordability Barriers Faced by People with Disabilities
  • Technological Barriers and Solutions
  • Furthering National Purposes and People with Disabilities
  • Federal, State, and Local Resources to Make Broadband Accessible and Affordable to People with Disabilities
  • Policy Solutions and Recommendations

This new process has tremendous potential to shape our work on the national broadband plan.  It will allow many more people to have input on the structure and substance of our upcoming workshop.  It will also make possible in-depth, collaborative discussions on complex topics - of which there are many.  In sum, we hope to facilitate an iterative process in which diverse parties can build from and react to the ideas of others, in a productive and thoughtful manner.  And, of course, we welcome your ideas about how we can make this process more accessible.

5 Responses to “Collaborating On Bringing Broadband To People With Disabilities”

  1. Michael Rt Eagan says:

    Mr. Chairman:

    I'm puzzled. GIG does not seem to leave any effort in the 2002 goals by R&D. Why have an enemy of the United States in the White House that doesn't have a birth certificate in contact with our effort to be to correct the problems associated with Treason? uninvited

  2. Michael RT Eagan says:

    Cybersecurity should be everyone's concern first and foremost.

  3. Michael RT Eagan says:

    A list of current vendors available for benchmark delivery at broadband is like a who's who of D.o.D vendors. I have no inroads that do not begin with Iridium as a vendor designate. Liz knows her stuff.

  4. Brian M says:

    Hey you, Gary Brooks posted here!!

  5. Larry Goldberg says:

    This is a tremendous opportunity to provide to the FCC as much information as is available, to enhance the record with specifics, that support the essential principle that people with disabilities can be significantly and meaningfully served by broadband services but face many barriers to realizing that goal.

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