HLAA, along with several other consumer groups, have banded together in opposition of the proposed elimination of the requirement that wireless carriers file annual reports on hearing aid compatible handsets. The wireless industry argues that the requirements are no longer necessary because information about hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones is available on their websites and in stores that sell HAC phones and thus they are meeting or exceeding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) requirements for the number of HAC phones they must carry.
According to the FCC’s website:
The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress. The commission is committed to being a responsive, efficient and effective agency capable of facing the technological and economic opportunities of the new millennium. http://www.fcc.gov/what-we-do
The FCC addresses a variety of disability-related telecommunications matters, including telecommunications relay service, access to telecommunications equipment and services for people with disabilities, access to emergency information, and closed captioning. The FCC also provides expert advice and assistance to consumers, industry, and others on issues relevant to people with disabilities. The FCC initiates rulemakings for the development of disability policy, conforming with existing disability laws, and policies and supporting the goal of increasing accessibility of communications services and technologies. http://www.fcc.gov/topic/disability
On January 5, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau announced the members selected for the second term of the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy, will co-chair the DAC along with Sam Joehl, principal technical consultant for the SSB BART Group.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointed Lise Hamlin to be the representative member and Barbara Kelley the alternate for HLAA on the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC was established to advise the Commission on communications access issues for individuals with disabilities.
HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley and Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin attended the final Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Commission Meeting of 2016 on December 15. Several HLAA chapter members were in attendance as well, including Veronica Davila Steele, who heads up the new Prince George’s County (Maryland) Chapter; Russell Misheloff, leader of the Washington, DC Chapter; and Barry Kasinitz from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Chapter.
Lise Hamlin represented HLAA at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting on September 22, 2016. Lise co-chairs the Video Programming Committee, and sits on the Relay/Equipment Distribution Subcommittee, Relay Working Group, and the Technology Transitions Subcommittee, which worked on recommendations presented to the full DAC. Three recommendations that will directly benefit consumers with hearing loss were approved without dissent at the meeting. The recommendations are concerning:
HLAA participated in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting on June 16. Lise Hamlin is co-chair of the Video Programming Subcommittee and a member of the Captioning and Caption Quality Working Groups. The DAC subcommittees provided the following recommendations, which were accepted by the full DAC.
On May 13, 2010, HLAA Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin joined a panel of disability advocates at the FCC workshop on “Expanding Disability Access with Wireless Technologies.” The workshop looked to better understand the challenges and opportunities offered by wireless technologies and how the FCC can help ensure that new technologies are as inclusive as possible.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) posted an Enforcement Advisory January 15, 2010 stating that they have “taken action against several companies for their failure to provide information that helps individuals with hearing disabilities fully utilize phone services – allowing them to communicate effectively on their wireless phones without excessive feedback and noise.”