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Members Of Its Telecommunications And Health Care Advisory Committee

FCC Announces Members Of Its Telecommunications
And Health Care Advisory Committee

June 5, 1996

Committee Will Advise the FCC on Implementation of the Telecom Act

The FCC today announced the members of its Telecommunications and Health Care Advisory Committee. This voluntary panel will help the Commission to meet the Congressional objective set forth in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that telecommunications be used to enhance the provision of health care services to all Americans.

"As Congress recognized in the historic Telecommunications Act, advanced telecommunications can extend the benefits of medical services and technology to Americans in rural areas," said Chairman Reed Hundt. "I am gratified that these informed, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals are willing to help advise the Commission on how to make the widespread availability and use of telemedicine a reality in the lives of patients, doctors and other health care professionals."

The Advisory Committee will provide important guidance to the Commission in the area of telecommunications and health care. The Committee will assist with implementation of the universal service and advanced telecommunications services provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It will also review existing telecommunications efforts that impact health care; identify telecommunications regulatory, legal, and policy barriers to the development of the use of telecommunications in the area of health care; and provide advice on telecommunications regulatory policies and laws to further the development of the use of telecommunications in health care, both nationally and internationally.

The Committee will provide a report to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service by September of 1996. The report will assist the Joint Board in making recommendations to the Commission concerning implementation of the universal service provisions of the Telecommunications Act.

Gregory E. Lawler will chair the Advisory Committee. Mr. Lawler, a lawyer in Washington with the firm Florio & Perucci, has worked for years on public policy issues, particularly on health care. He has participated actively in both national and state health care policy debates and has worked on Capital Hill, at the White House, and for the Governor of New Jersey.

The Advisory Committee's first meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM on June 12, 1996, at the Commission in Washington, DC. The Commission expects the Committee to hold two additional public meetings before its term ends in September. Further information about each of these meetings will be publicly released.

All Committee meetings will be open to the public. In addition, minutes of the meetings will be transcribed and placed on the public record. Interested individuals and organizations can obtain further information about this Committee and this issue in general by visiting the FCC's Internet site at "".

News Media contact: Rochelle Cohen (202) 418-0500.
To receive further information on this issue by fax or mail, call the FCC's Public Service Division
at (202) 418-0260.

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