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FCC Reconsiders Text-to-Speech for EAS

04.19.12 – The FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration “In the Matter of Amendment of the Review of the Emergency Alert System” [EB Docket No. 04-296] reconsidering the Commission’s rules on the use of text-to-speech (TTS) by Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants.

Industrial Design Student Projects to Address Universal Design in the Wireless World

04.20.12 – Last month, Jim Mueller kicked off the 2012 “Getting Wireless: Exploring Universal Design in Wireless Technologies,” where industrial design student teams at GA Tech and Virginia Tech completed their final designs for the Wireless RERC’s 2012 “Getting Wireless” universal design competition.  On April 20, four teams selected from each school presented their final designs at the Industrial Designers Society of America regional conference, “Design Dialogue:  Grow, Expand, Advance” in Atlanta, Georgia.

FCC Seeks Input on VPAAC Report on Video Description: Guidelines & Recommendations

04.09.12 – The FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) issued a Report concerning Video Description and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.  The report describes the chain of distribution of video descriptions including the production of video descriptions by and distribution to consumers highlighting that the rights to create video description must first be obtained befor

Letter to the Editor of TDPH

Following the March issue of the TDPH, the Wireless RERC received the following letter in response to the story on the New Legislation for Prescription Drug Labeling.

Dear Editor,

FCC Proposes Rules for Hearing Aid Compatibility with Wireless Phones

04.09.2012 – The FCC issued a Third Report and Order (R&O) “In the Matter of Amendment of the Commission’s Rules Governing Hearing Aid-Compatible Mobile Handsets” [WT Docket No. 07-250] revising the Commission’s rules on hearing aid compatibility (HAC) technical standards.

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