US panel to review how broadband will work for disabilities

Monday, 8 March 2010 10:44am

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is convening a panel to ensure that people with disabilities share fully in the benefits of broadband. The panel will look into the role of innovation; the need for legal, policy and regulatory changes; open government process and collaborative problem-solving. Findings and outcomes from the panel will feed into the National Broadband Plan being developed by the FCC.

The panel includes some major experts in media access in America, including Eric Bridges from American Council of the Blind; Rosaline Crawford from the National Association of the Deaf; Director of Media Access from WGBH, Larry Goldberg as well as a host of industry and government experts. The panel is being moderated by Jenifer Simpson (American Assoc of People with Disabilities) and Rob Atkinson (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation). 

The panel discussions are on Wed 10 March 2010 from 8.45am – 12.30pm in Washington DC (early morning Thurs 11 March Australian time) and can be followed live at the FCC website.  

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