Post Date: May 30, 2015
- FCC Proposes Rules to Make Permanent the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program; Extends Pilot Program
On May 21, 2015, the FCC proposed rules to make permanent its program that distributes communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind. The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also called “iCanConnect,” provides equipment, such as Braille-enabled devices, magnifiers, and vibrating alerts, to individuals who are deaf-blind for access to communication services. We will announce the deadlines for comments and reply comments after the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is published in the Federal Register.
The FCC also adopted an Order extending the current pilot program one year beyond its June 30, 2015 expiration date, to June 30, 2016.
The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, signed by President Obama in 2010, authorized the FCC to provide up to $10 million annually from the Telecommunications Relay Service Fund to support the NDBEDP. The pilot program, launched in July 2012, has helped thousands of Americans with combined hearing and vision loss to connect with family, friends, and others in their communities.
The followings are links to the Order extending the pilot program, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Press Release, and the statements of Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai, and O’Rielly.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Statement of Chairman Wheeler
Statement of Commissioner Clyburn
Statement of Commissioner Rosenworcel
Statement of Commissioner Pai
Statement of Commissioner O'Rielly
For further information, contact Rosaline Crawford, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, at 202-418-2075 or e-mail Rosaline.Crawford@fcc.gov, or Jackie Ellington, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, at 202-418-1153 or e-mail Jackie.Ellington@fcc.gov.
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