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Wireless RERC Inclusion in the FCC Report on NG911 Services

February 2013— The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report to Congress in entitled Legal and Regulatory Framework for Next Generation 911 Services, in which the Wireless RERC was cited and referenced throughout the document. In preparation of the report, the FCC issued a Public Notice that sought public comments on the issues related to the legal and regulatory infrastructure needed for the transition from legacy 911 to Next Generation 911 (NG911).

Divergent State Funding Mechanisms for NG911

January 14, 2013 – The FCC invited comments on the fourth annual report to Congress entitled: On State Collection and Distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 Fees and Charges. The report was prepared by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and presents findings on the “collection and distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 (E911) fees and charges” between January 1-December 31, 2011.

HELPING STATES ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES

September 25, 2012—The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the Habilitation Benefits Coalition, the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation, and the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid Coalition, released a technical assistance document that aims to be a resource for states in designing essential health benefits packages for “rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices,” as defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

FEDERAL DISABILITY POLICY: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

September 19, 2012— The National Council on Disability (NCD) released its annual report on U.S. disability policy titled the 2012 NCD Progress Report. The report presents NCD’s assessment of federal disability policy, the impact that emerging trends and policies had on quality of life and provides recommendations to the legislative and executive branches, including: the U.S.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT ON SECTION 508

The Department of Justice released a report to the President and Congress on their findings from a 2010-2011 survey-based study evaluating the accessibility of federal government electronic and information technology (EIT) in accordance to Section 508. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires federal agencies to ensure their EIT is accessible to persons with disabilities, unless an exception applies.

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