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Welcome Session

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to Give Keynote Remarks

Thursday, June 24, 2021
3 – 3:20 p.m. ET

Jessica Rosenworcel FCC FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

When the pandemic hit, it seemed that the entire world was isolated from each other and depended even more on telecommunications. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plays an important role is ensuring that people with hearing loss have access to telecommunications to keep everyone connected.

The FCC regulates captioning on TV and programming that moves from TV to the internet. They ensure that cell phones are hearing aid compatible and that people with hearing loss have equal access to phone calls under the Telecommunication Relay System, which provides for captioned phones.

The FCC is rolling out the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, a temporary program that provides a discount of up to $50 per month ($75 on Tribal lands) on internet billing to qualifying households. They also implement the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program that provides broadband connectivity for students, school staff and library patrons who would otherwise lack access to connected devices and broadband service sufficient for remote learning.

HLAA is pleased to have the FCC Acting Chairwoman share her thoughts as we welcome everyone to the HLAA Virtual Convention 2021.