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Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau. January 13, 2005. 2004 Goals. Broaden Policy Focus Telecommunications Relay Service, Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act, Wireless Spam Expanded Outreach Broadband, DTV, Disability Issues, Tribal, Rural Enhanced Consumer Experience

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    1. Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau January 13, 2005

    2. 2004 Goals • Broaden Policy Focus • Telecommunications Relay Service, Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act, Wireless Spam • Expanded Outreach • Broadband, DTV, Disability Issues, Tribal, Rural • Enhanced Consumer Experience • Consumer Centers, Web Portals, Publications • Increased Training Activities • Section 504 Handbook on disability access to the FCC • Taking the profit out of Slamming • Increased Slamming Adjudications CGB 2

    3. Outreach Across America Promoting Economic Growth, Consumer Choice, Public Safety S.D. Wireless Summit, Wireless ISP event, Cheyenne River Sioux Visit, Rapid City Visit National Congress of American Indians Mid-year Session Coeur D'Alene Tribal Visit, ITI Workshop & Roundtable Indiana Broadband Conference US Hispanic Leadership Institute and Annual Conference NAACP Annual Conference Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Annual Meeting Standing Rock Reservation Visit Maryland- Registry of the Interpreters of the Deaf Regional Conference Rural Telecom '04, Colville Reservation Training Session Midwest Black Family Reunion New York City Deaf Festival TribalNet Summit Amidon Elementary School Visit Broadband National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators Conference Tennessee Rural Broadband Visit Hopi Tribal Visit, Navajo Nation Telecommunications Summit, National Council of La Raza Annual Conference, Tohono O'odham Tribal Visit Georgia - Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Conference, University of Georgia Visit Isleta Pueblo Summit, Navajo Nation Information Technology Summit Rural Broadband Summit American Library Association Conference Governor's Office and PUC visit National Rural Development Partnership Conference National Association of the Deaf Conference Visit with Chairman of the PUC Alaska Puerto Rico - Registry of the Interpreters of the Deaf Regional Conference Puerto Rico 3

    4. Deployment to Underserved Areas Promoting Economic Growth • Developed partnership with Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to bring advanced services to rural Delta communities. • Continued partnership with Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). • Visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center to showcase how broadband improves access to healthcare in rural areas. • Partnered with Kansas State Legislatures and Regulators on broadband deployment in rural areas. • Facilitated discussion of broadband issues with Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and Consumer Advisory Committee. Broadband CGB 4

    5. Accessibility through Broadband Promoting Economic Growth IP Relay and Video Relay Service utilize broadband in the provision of Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Minutes of Use Broadband 544% increase CGB 5

    6. Taking the Profit out of Slamming Promoting Consumer Choice 300% Increase Refunds & Credits to Consumers Backlog Competition CGB 6

    7. CAN-SPAM Database Promoting Consumer Choice Competition 7

    8. Increasing Consumer Contacts in 2004 Promoting Consumer Choice Consumer Contacts 1,662,055 Competition 8

    9. CGB Consumer Centers Promoting Consumer Choice Backlog Eliminated $7,871,845: Total amount CGB returned to consumers in 2004 Amount Returned to Consumers Competition $7,071,845 returned to consumers through Informal complaint process $800,000 returned to consumers as a result of Slamming complaints 9

    10. Average Hits Per Month – 153,662 DTV Outreach www.DTV.gov Promoting Consumer Choice Media 10

    11. Access by People with Disabilities Promoting Public Safety • Updated & strengthened Telecommunications Relay Services rules. • Developed policies that have led to exponential growth of Video Relay Services. • Encouraged Telecommunications Relay Services facilities to apply for inclusion in Telecommunications Service Priority program Homeland Security CGB 11

    12. Protecting America's Telecommunications Network Promoting Public Safety • Coordinated with other agencies of the federal government as well as state and local governments and tribal governments to ensure reliable communications in times of emergency. • Facilitated summit of Emergency Communications and Homeland Security: Working with the Disability Community. • Developed draft Tribal Communications Security Plan in consultation with Tribal leaders as part of Indian Telecommunications Initiative (ITI). Homeland Security CGB 12

    13. Tower Construction Notification System and Memo of Understanding Spectrum Promoting Consumer Choice 13

    14. National Congress of American Indian Award CGB 14

    15. Leveraging Technology Promoting Consumer Choice • CGB has completed Phase III of the Consumer Information • Management System (CIMS); a new e-mail application • that now tracks, reads, and responds to consumer e-mails. • Campaign e-mails are now fully captured and tracked in • CIMS as individual records. Modernizing the FCC CGB 15

    16. KidsZone Promoting Consumer Choice Modernizing the FCC www.fcc.gov/cgb/kidszone 16

    17. 2005 Goals • Enhanced policy focus: • TRS • Wireless Consumer Issues • VRS • TCPA • Truth-in-Billing • Outreach: • Broadband • Disability Community • Indian Tribes • Seniors • Rural Communities • Enhance consumer experience: • Consumer Centers • Web Portals • Fact Sheets • Increase training: • Tribal Training • Professional Development 17

    18. Special Thanks to CGB Staff 18