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UPED-20041019-006 Telecommunications Industry Association User Premises Equipment Division (UPED) Hearing Aid Compatibility Working Group (HAC WG) Meeting with the Federal Communications Commission Meeting Report DATE AND TIME: Friday, October 8, 2004 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT) PLACE: Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC PARTICIPANTS: Name Office/Business Email Phone # Cheryl King FCC/CGB/DRO Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org 202-418-2284 Bruce Romano FCC/OET Bruce.email@example.com 202-418-2124 Julius Knapp FCC/OET Julius.firstname.lastname@example.org 202-418-2468 Tom Chandler FCC/CGB/DRO Thomas.email@example.com 202-418-1475 Jay Keithley FCC/CGB Jay.firstname.lastname@example.org 202-418-2319 Janet Sieuest FCC/EB Janet.email@example.com 202-418-1362 Mark Stone FCC/EB Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org 202-418-0816 Susan German FCC/EB Susan.email@example.com 202-418-2735 William Hurst FCC/OET Lab William.firstname.lastname@example.org 301-362-3010 (via video conference) Martin Perrine FCC/OET Lab Martin.email@example.com 301-362-3010 (via video conference) Bill Belt TIA firstname.lastname@example.org 703-907-7790 Derek Khlopin TIA email@example.com 703-907-7739 Robert Wegner Panasonic firstname.lastname@example.org 201-392-6115 Paul Schomburg Panasonic email@example.com 202-912-3800 Fred Lucas FAL Associates Fred.firstname.lastname@example.org 410-239-0248 Steve Whitesell Vtech email@example.com 732-751-1079 Jim Haynes Uniden firstname.lastname@example.org 843-374-3852 Cheryl King from the FCC’s Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office opened the meeting by describing the recent increase in informal complaints from the hearing impaired community against digital cordless telephones. The FCC takes their responsibility on Hearing Aid Compatibility very seriously and thus called this meeting with TIA members. Steve Whitesell, VTech and Chairman of TR-41, reviewed the attached power point presentation, entitled FCC Cordless Telephone HAC Presentation-r2.ppt The power point presentation was followed by general discussion on the obligations of cordless telephone manufacturers to comply with accessibility rules, the difficulties faced by wireless (cellular/PCS) manufacturers in compliance with HAC rules, technical discussion on the difference between wireless (cellular/PCS) and cordless telephone, and the importance of these issues within the FCC. Julius Knapp from the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology recommended to the participants the following: 1. Work quickly to address these important issues 2. Stay abreast of the issues by coordinating, to the extent possible, with disability advocates 3. Make the hearing impaired public aware that analog cordless telephones do work well with hearing aids Julie also noted that Congress is asking the FCC for more oversight on HAC problems. Steve Whitesell noted that TR-41 will be investigating HAC issues with cordless phones. TR-41 participants have been asked to report on internal company initiatives to address HAC at the November 2004 TR-41 meeting. Specifically, TR-41 is seeking information that will help to accurately characterize the nature of the interference. For example, is the reported interference due to magnetic or RF coupling, or some combination of the two? ACTION: TIA/TR-41 will report back to the FCC after the November TR-41 meeting on: i) what TR-41 has learned concerning the nature of the HAC issues and ii) what TIA/TR-41 proposes as next steps to address the issues.
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