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FCC to Host Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum

October 2014 – The FCC announced it will host a forum next month promoting accessibility in wireless emergency communications. The event will allow industry and emergency communications specialists the opportunity to present innovations in services, emergency, assistive and accessible technologies that increase information and communications access in the event of an emergency. With goals of advancing inclusive and accessible wireless emergency communications for all, the sessions will include presentations from wireless carriers, government agencies, academia, advocates and providers of accessible notifications systems. The Wireless RERC and Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy will participate in a panel titled, Disability Strategies for Research and Action in the Field.  Other panels will cover government strategies concerning inclusive emergency alerts and warnings; the transition to next-generation 911 capabilities; and outreach and engagement strategies.

Throughout the day, the FCC’s Technology Experience Center will have an exhibition of prototypes and technology solutions designed to increase independence and protective active decisions by people with disabilities during times of local or national emergencies. 

The event will begin on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9am, at the FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. This free event is open to the public, and will be available via live webcast at www.fcc.gov/live.

For additional information please contact Kelly Jones of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at Kelly.Jones@fcc.gov or call (202) 418-7078.

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