Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), in collaboration with the Wireless RERC, submitted comments to an FCC Public Notice [CG Docket No. 10-213] asking for comments on the tentative findings about the accessibility of communication technologies. Released on August 28, 2014, the Public Notice requested comments assessing the extent to which telecommunications and advanced communications services and technology have complied with CVAA accessibility mandates, related recordkeeping and enforcement obligations effects, and the existing accessibility barriers for new communications technologies.
Georgia Tech’s CACP and the Wireless RERC submitted comments addressing various aspects of inclusive and accessible technologies, including:
- Research supporting tentative findings that show an increase in readily available and accessible technologies;
- Information concerning the staffing and training of people who are knowledgeable about assistive technologies and the people who use them;
- Discrepancies among retail staff and retailer knowledge about assistive technologies and;
- The lack of accessible alerting systems.