Connect with us

Digital Inclusion

With Anniversary Awards, FCC Recognizes Role of Communications Technology for People With Disabilities

Published

on

Photo from Ajit Pai's FCC Twitter account

October 13, 2020 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday recognized Karen Peltz Strauss, Claude Stout, Tom Wlodkowski at an awards ceremony on the tenth anniversary of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

“Democracy is not a state–it is an act,” declared Pai, stating that those awarded acted to “bring us closer to the goal of full inclusion” of disabled persons into the technology mainstream. The FCC decided to focus in on individuals who have made contributions to accessibility.

Strauss, a previous FCC staffer, wrote landmark accessibility legislation, led a coalition of over 300 national and regional organizations, and was involved in Sections 255 and 305 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Circuitry Act of 1990 (which requires televisions to display closed captions), and the CVAA.

“Karen has made it such that to be credible in the marketplace you have to be involved in accessibility,” said Pai.

Stout advocated for deaf and hard of hearing for 23 years and for equal access to telecommunications for those with disabilities for 18 years. He helped develop the CVAA, and was been a part of various organizations including the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology.

For 30 years, Wlodkowski advocated for people with disabilities and broadband connectivity. He worked with the WGBH media access group, which oversees the Descriptive Video Service, Caption Center, and the National Center for Accessible Media.

“New technology offers so much promise for those with disabilities,” said Pai.

The CVAA has allowed deaf blind community to have full accessibility to services like Netflix, explained Isidore Niyongabo, co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee.

Brian Scarpelli, the other co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee, attributed the industry’s progress to the fact that disability regulations have been stated as goals as opposed to directives. This has allowed the industry the freedom to innovate.

Digital Inclusion

Bill to Address Digital Redlining, Exclusivity Agreements Between Providers and Buildings

The Anti-Digital Redlining Act hopes to ensure low-income areas get equal broadband access.

Published

on

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, D-New York

October 13, 2020 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday recognized Karen Peltz Strauss, Claude Stout, Tom Wlodkowski at an awards ceremony on the tenth anniversary of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

“Democracy is not a state–it is an act,” declared Pai, stating that those awarded acted to “bring us closer to the goal of full inclusion” of disabled persons into the technology mainstream. The FCC decided to focus in on individuals who have made contributions to accessibility.

Strauss, a previous FCC staffer, wrote landmark accessibility legislation, led a coalition of over 300 national and regional organizations, and was involved in Sections 255 and 305 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Circuitry Act of 1990 (which requires televisions to display closed captions), and the CVAA.

“Karen has made it such that to be credible in the marketplace you have to be involved in accessibility,” said Pai.

Stout advocated for deaf and hard of hearing for 23 years and for equal access to telecommunications for those with disabilities for 18 years. He helped develop the CVAA, and was been a part of various organizations including the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology.

For 30 years, Wlodkowski advocated for people with disabilities and broadband connectivity. He worked with the WGBH media access group, which oversees the Descriptive Video Service, Caption Center, and the National Center for Accessible Media.

“New technology offers so much promise for those with disabilities,” said Pai.

The CVAA has allowed deaf blind community to have full accessibility to services like Netflix, explained Isidore Niyongabo, co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee.

Brian Scarpelli, the other co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee, attributed the industry’s progress to the fact that disability regulations have been stated as goals as opposed to directives. This has allowed the industry the freedom to innovate.

Continue Reading

Digital Inclusion

Black Churches 4 Broadband Brings Religious Fervor to Better Internet Access

Black churches are more than spiritual gathering places: They are power centers within the Black community.

Published

on

Photo of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.

October 13, 2020 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday recognized Karen Peltz Strauss, Claude Stout, Tom Wlodkowski at an awards ceremony on the tenth anniversary of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

“Democracy is not a state–it is an act,” declared Pai, stating that those awarded acted to “bring us closer to the goal of full inclusion” of disabled persons into the technology mainstream. The FCC decided to focus in on individuals who have made contributions to accessibility.

Strauss, a previous FCC staffer, wrote landmark accessibility legislation, led a coalition of over 300 national and regional organizations, and was involved in Sections 255 and 305 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Circuitry Act of 1990 (which requires televisions to display closed captions), and the CVAA.

“Karen has made it such that to be credible in the marketplace you have to be involved in accessibility,” said Pai.

Stout advocated for deaf and hard of hearing for 23 years and for equal access to telecommunications for those with disabilities for 18 years. He helped develop the CVAA, and was been a part of various organizations including the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology.

For 30 years, Wlodkowski advocated for people with disabilities and broadband connectivity. He worked with the WGBH media access group, which oversees the Descriptive Video Service, Caption Center, and the National Center for Accessible Media.

“New technology offers so much promise for those with disabilities,” said Pai.

The CVAA has allowed deaf blind community to have full accessibility to services like Netflix, explained Isidore Niyongabo, co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee.

Brian Scarpelli, the other co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee, attributed the industry’s progress to the fact that disability regulations have been stated as goals as opposed to directives. This has allowed the industry the freedom to innovate.

Continue Reading

Digital Inclusion

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Digital Equity Act

Sen. Murray re-introduces bi-partisan that would provide grants to states pushing for digital equity.

Published

on

Patty Murray, D-Washington

October 13, 2020 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday recognized Karen Peltz Strauss, Claude Stout, Tom Wlodkowski at an awards ceremony on the tenth anniversary of the Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

“Democracy is not a state–it is an act,” declared Pai, stating that those awarded acted to “bring us closer to the goal of full inclusion” of disabled persons into the technology mainstream. The FCC decided to focus in on individuals who have made contributions to accessibility.

Strauss, a previous FCC staffer, wrote landmark accessibility legislation, led a coalition of over 300 national and regional organizations, and was involved in Sections 255 and 305 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Circuitry Act of 1990 (which requires televisions to display closed captions), and the CVAA.

“Karen has made it such that to be credible in the marketplace you have to be involved in accessibility,” said Pai.

Stout advocated for deaf and hard of hearing for 23 years and for equal access to telecommunications for those with disabilities for 18 years. He helped develop the CVAA, and was been a part of various organizations including the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology.

For 30 years, Wlodkowski advocated for people with disabilities and broadband connectivity. He worked with the WGBH media access group, which oversees the Descriptive Video Service, Caption Center, and the National Center for Accessible Media.

“New technology offers so much promise for those with disabilities,” said Pai.

The CVAA has allowed deaf blind community to have full accessibility to services like Netflix, explained Isidore Niyongabo, co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee.

Brian Scarpelli, the other co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee, attributed the industry’s progress to the fact that disability regulations have been stated as goals as opposed to directives. This has allowed the industry the freedom to innovate.

Continue Reading

Recent

Signup for Broadband Breakfast

Get twice-weekly Breakfast Media news alerts.
* = required field

 

Trending