[announce] URGENT -- OKLAHOMA Action Alert -- Senate Improved S. 3304 andWants to Pass this Week
ebridges at acb.org
Thu Aug 5 16:37:08 GMT 2010
Below is an action alert prepared by the COAT steering committee. Please
take action today.
Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
ebridges at acb.org
Dr. Coburn, a Senator from Oklahoma, is reviewing S. 3304 carefully.
Dr. Coburn reviews all Senate bills carefully. That's a good thing.
The COAT steering committee will meet with Dr. Coburn's staff this
We need Dr. Coburn to support S. 3304 to get it passed today!
If you, your family, friends, or colleagues live in Oklahoma, or if
your organization has members who live in Oklahoma --
Contact Dr. Coburn's Senate office and ask Dr. Coburn to support
passage of S. 3304 by unanimous consent TODAY.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK):
Email/website form at
> Advocacy works! The U.S. Senate improved S. 3304 and "hotlined" S.
> 3304 to be passed by unanimous consent this week.
> In addition to the support of the original co-sponsors -- Senators
> Pryor (D-AR), Kerry (D-MA), Dorgan (D-ND), and Conrad (D-ND) -- S. 3304
> is also supported by Senators Hutchison (R-TX), Ensign (R-NV), and
> Schumer (D-NY).
> Call your Senators TODAY. Ask them to support passage of S. 3304.
> S. 3304 is more like H.R. 3101 than ever before. We did not get
> everything we want in H.R. 3101, but we did get an improved S. 3304.
> Like H.R. 3101, S. 3304 will:
> -- Require access to Internet services that are built-in to mobile
> telephone devices, like smart phones, if achievable.
> -- Authorize the FCC to require 7 hours per week of video description
> on the top 4 network channels and top 5 cable channels nationwide.
> Like H.R. 3101, S. 3304 will also:
> -- Require captioned television programs to be captioned when delivered
> over the Internet.
> -- Require accessible advanced communications equipment and services.
> -- Allocate up to $10 million per year for equipment used by
> individuals who are
> -- Require televised emergency information to be accessible to
> individuals who are blind or have low vision.
> -- Require devices of any size to be capable of displaying closed
> captioning, delivering available video description, and making
> emergency information accessible.
> -- Require accessible user controls for televisions and set-top boxes,
> and easy access to closed captioning and video description.
> -- And more.
> Let's get S. 3304 passed today. We will always advocate for more
> accessibility tomorrow.
> Contact your Senators TODAY. Tell them:
> S. 3304 is the sister bill to H.R. 3101. Both bills are called the
> "Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act."
> H.R. 3101 passed the House on July 26 by a vote of 348 to 23.
> S. 3304 was "hotlined" to be passed by unanimous consent this week.
> Now is the time for the Senate to pass S. 3304.
> Support passage of S. 3304.
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