FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee

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CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2005

Washington, DC – The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold its next meeting on Friday, November 18, 2005, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Commission’s Headquarters Building, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554. The meeting is open to the public.

Watch or listen to the meeting at http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/
The agenda includes:
• Panel discussion on Perspectives on Telecommunications Competition and Consumers
• Panel discussion on Media Ownership and Consumer Interest
• Recommendation Concerning Consumer Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters
• Recommendation Regarding Access to VRS Networks
• Public Participation via New Information and Communication Technologies at the FCC
• Demonstration of Captioning and DTV

The Tentative Agenda for the meeting is attached.

The CAC is chaired by Shirley Rooker, President of Call For Action, and is composed of 54 members representing many of the FCC’s constituencies. The expertise and diversity of the members provide a balanced point of view as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The Committee is organized under, and operates in accordance with, the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2 (1988). Minutes of meetings are available for public inspection at the FCC and are posted on the Commission's website at www.fcc.gov/cgb/cac. Meetings are broadcast on the Internet in Real Audio/Real Video format with captioning at www.fcc.gov/cgb/cac.

Members of the public may address the Committee or may send written comments to Scott Marshall, Designated Federal Officer of the Committee, at [email protected].

Reasonable Accommodation

The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Meeting agendas and handouts will be provided in accessible formats; sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. The meeting will be webcast with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/cgb/cac . Request other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities as early as possible; please allow at least five days advance notice. Include a description of the accommodation you will need including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to: [email protected] or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

-- FCC –

CGB Contact: Scott Marshall 202-418-2809 (voice) or 202-418-0179 (TTY);
e-mail: [email protected].

CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, S.W., Room TW-C305, Washington, DC

Friday, November 18, 2005

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A G E N D A

Morning Session

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Networking and Conversation

9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome and Call to Order
Shirley L. Rooker, Chair, Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC)

9:05 - 9:10 a.m. Meeting Logistics
Scott Marshall, CAC Designated Federal Officer, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)

9:10 - 9:30 a.m. Introduction of the Chairman and Commissioners, (Chairman and Commissioners invited -- schedules permitting)
Monica Desai, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. CGB Update, Monica Desai, Chief, CGB

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Perspectives on Telecommunications Competition and
Consumers
Panel Discussion: Debra Berlyn, Chair Competition Policy WG

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Media Ownership and Consumer Interest
Panel Discussion: Denis Moynihan, Chair,
Media WG, (speakers Juan Gonzalez; David Honig, Executive
Director Minority Media and Telecommunications Council;
Anthony Riddle, Alliance for Community Media; Hannah Sassaman, Program Director, Prometheus Radio Project)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking

Afternoon Session

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Recommendation Concerning Consumer Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters
Charles Benton, Member, Media WG
Presenter: James Goodmon,
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Member President's Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Recommendation Regarding Access to VRS Networks
Dixie Ziegler, Chair, TRS WG

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Public participation via New Information and Communication Technologies at the FCC
Speaker: Joanne Holman, Associate Professor,
School of Media Arts & Design, James Madison University

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Captioning and DTV Demonstration
Introduction: Julie Kearney, CAC Member
Presenters: Brian Markwalter, Vice President Technology and Standards, Consumer Electronics Association; Paul Thomsen, Director, Design/Technology & Standards, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc.; Robert N. Blanchard, Standards Coordinator, Sony Electronics Television Operations of the Americas, Advanced Technology and Planning Division.

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Wrap up, Comments from the Public, and Future Meetings

4:00 p.m. Adjournment