[nabs] Fwd: [leadership] FW: COAT ACTION ALERT-Target-- U.S. Senate! Act Now!
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Tue Aug 3 15:49:49 GMT 2010
Please contact your senators!
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> From: "Eric Bridges" <ebridges at acb.org>
> Date: August 3, 2010 9:13:46 AM EDT
> To: <leadership at acb.org>, <announce at acb.org>
> Subject: [leadership] FW: COAT ACTION ALERT-Target-- U.S. Senate!
> Act Now!
> Below is an alert concerning H.R. 3101 in the Senate along with our
> Senate bill S. 3304. Please read this and call your Senators!
> Eric Bridges
> Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
> American Council of the Blind
> 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
> Arlington, VA 22201
> ebridges at acb.org
> Act Now! Tell the Senate to Pass H.R. 3101!
> On July 26, 2010, the 20th anniversary of the Americans with
> Disabilities Act, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the
> Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
> (H.R. 3101) with a vote of 348 to 23. COAT thanks Representative Ed
> Markey (D-MA), for authoring, introducing, and championing H.R.
> 3101, and Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX),
> Rick Boucher (D-VA), and Cliff Stearns (R-FL), for their leadership
> in this bipartisan effort.
> H.R. 3101 has most of the accessibility improvements we asked for,
> but some things we wanted were not included in the final H.R. 3101
> that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives:
> H.R. 3101 requires captioned television programs to be captioned
> when delivered over the Internet, but does not require captioning on
> television-like programs that are shown only on the Internet.
> Television broadcasters are providing more Internet-only content and
> technology has enabled television sets to pull content directly from
> the Internet. To address this growing trend, H.R. 3101 requires the
> Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to report and recommend to
> Congress about captioning television-like programs that are shown
> only on the Internet. Congress knows this is important to our
> H.R. 3101 does not permit low-income people to use their Lifeline/
> Link-Up telephone service discount to reduce the cost of broadband
> We expect the FCC to make this possible as part of the National
> Broadband Plan.
> Mr. Markey told COAT, "For more than two decades, I have been
> committed to ensuring accessible telecommunications for all
> Americans. The passage of H.R. 3101 by the U.S. House of
> Representatives is a major step forward in the effort to achieve
> this goal. I remain committed to working with you in the future to
> ensure full and equal access to all telecommunications technologies,
> equipment, and services."
> Act Now to Protect Your Rights!
> H.R. 3101 has been sent to the U.S. Senate. This is a critical time
> for advocates to take action and make sure the bill is passed.
> The U.S. Senate also has a similar bill – S. 3304; however, H.R. 310
> 1 is stronger than S. 3304.
> What H.R. 3101 will do for us that S. 3304 does not:
> Relay services.
> · Establishes a Telecommunications Relay Services Policy Adv
> isory Council.
> · Requires the FCC to report to Congress about access to imp
> roved relay service technologies; and to suggest ways to facilitate
> use of relay services in the workplace, and update equipment in publ
> ic places and government offices.
> Access to internet-based services and equipment.
> · Requires access to Internet services built-in to mobile te
> lephone devices, like smart phones, if achievable.
> Video description.
> · After 4 years, permits the FCC to increase video descripti
> on to 7 hours per week (up from 4 hours per week on top 4 broadcast
> networks and top 5 cable channels, in the top 25 most populated mark
> · After 6 years, requires the FCC to apply the video descrip
> tion requirements to all markets (not just the top 25 most populated
> · After 9 years, requires the FCC to report to Congress on t
> he need for additional video description.
> · After 10 years, permits the FCC to adopt recommendations r
> eported to Congress to increase video description.
> Closed captioning
> · Requires broadcast and cable networks to report to the FCC
> every 2 years on the amount of captioned television-like programs d
> elivered only over the Internet.
> · Requires the FCC to report and recommend to Congress about
> requiring captions on television-like programs that are shown only
> on the Internet.
> The U.S. Senate can choose:
> · to pass H.R. 3101;
> · to pass S. 3304;
> · to pass something different; or
> · to do nothing.
> The Senate may vote soon. COAT urges the U.S. Senate to pass H.R.
> Join us and tell the Senate to pass H.R. 3101. Call, fax, or email
> your U.S. Senators now!
> Find your U.S. Senators at:
> Tell your U.S. Senators:
> Vote for H.R. 3101 – the Twenty-first Century Communications and Vid
> eo Accessibility Act of 2010. H.R. 3101 is better than S. 3304.
> Equal access is critical for education, employment, and civic
> Vote for H.R. 3101 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ADA.
> Make history again.
> Thank you.
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