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Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC). Public Law 111-260 Section 106 . EAAC Purpose.

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Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC)

Public Law 111-260

Section 106

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EAAC Purpose

For the purpose of achieving equal access to emergency services by individuals with disabilities, as a part of the migration to a national Internet protocol-enabled emergency network…the Chairman of the Commission shall establish an advisory committee, to be known as the Emergency Access Advisory Committee.

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EAAC Membership

  • Appointed by PN dated December 7, 2010

  • The Chairman shall ensuring a balance between individuals with disabilities and other stakeholders

  • Chairman shall designate two co-chairs: Richard Ray (NENA Accessibility Committee); David Dzumba (TIA)

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EAAC membership

Membership must include:

  • State and local government and emergency responder representatives.

  • Subject matter experts, and

  • Representatives of other stakeholders and interested parties.

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Subject matter experts

  • Providers of interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP service

  • Vendors, developers, and manufacturers of systems, facilities, equipment and capabilities for the provision of VoIP services

  • National organizations representing individuals with disabilities and senior citizens

  • Federal agencies or departments responsible for the implementation of Next Generation E 9–1–1

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology

  • other individuals with such technical knowledge and expertise.

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National Survey

  • Within 1 year of December 7, 2010, EAAC must conduct a national survey of individuals with disabilities to determine the most effective and efficient technologies and methods by which to enable access to emergency services by individuals with disabilities.

  • Must seek input from the subject matter experts (enumerated for the EAAC membership)

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EAAC Recommendations

  • Within year one, the EEAC must develop and submit recommendations (taking into account what is technically and economically feasible) to implement technologies and methods identified in the survey, including:

    • Actions necessary as a part of the migration to a national Internet protocol-enabled NG911 network to achieve reliable, interoperable communications transmitted over such network that will ensure access to emergency services by individuals with disabilities

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Recommendations (cont.)

  • Protocols, technical capabilities and requirements to ensure reliability and interoperability necessary to ensure access to emergency services by individuals with disabilities

  • Technical standards for use by public safety answering points, designated default answering points, and local emergency authorities

  • Technical standards and requirements for communication devices and equipment and technologies to enable the use of reliable emergency access

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Recommendations (cont.)

  • Procedures to be followed by IP-enabled network providers to ensure that such providers do not install features, functions, or capabilities that would conflict with technical standards;

  • Deadlines by which providers of interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP services and manufacturers of equipment used for such services shall achieve the actions required above where achievable

  • Deadlines for the possible phase out of the use of current-generation TTY technology to the extent that this technology is replaced with more effective and efficient technologies and methods to enable access to emergency services by individuals with disabilities

  • Rules to update the Commission's rules with respect to 9-1-1 services and E-911 services for users of telecommunications relay services

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  • Initial meeting not later than 45 days after the completion of the member appointment process: January 14, 2011

  • Subsequent monthly meetings until the recommendations are completed and submitted. The schedule has been set for EAAC meetings to be the 2nd Friday of every month, January through December 2011

  • Meetings held by the Advisory Committee shall be duly noticed at least 14 days in advance and shall be open to the public.

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  • QUORUM: One-third of the members of the Advisory Committee shall constitute a quorum for conducting business.

  • SUBCOMMITTEES may be formed and composed of members of the EAAC and other subject matter experts

  • Not FACA: The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Advisory Committee.

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FCC Recommendations

FCC has the authority to promulgate regulations to implement the recommendations proposed by the EAAC, as well as any other regulations, technical standards, protocols, and procedures as are necessary to achieve reliable, interoperable communication that ensures access by individuals with disabilities to an Internet protocol-enabled emergency network, where achievable and technically feasible.

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Emergency Access Issues

  • Real-time Text (versus texting)

  • Video Communications

  • Telecommunications Relay Services

    • Video relay service

    • IP Relay service

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EAAC FCC Personnel

Cheryl King, Disability Rights Office (DRO), FCC

202-418-2284 cheryl.king@fcc.gov

Patrick Donovan, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB)

202-418-2413 patrick.donovan@fcc.gov

Karen Peltz Strauss, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)

202-418-2388 karen.strauss@fcc.gov