May 1, 2008 Hearing on the Bill by House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

  Mark Seifert, Ken Nakata, Jesse Acosta, Larry Goldberg, Rep. Edward Markey, Russell Harvard, Jamaal Anderson, Dane Snowden, and Colin Crowell.  Photo by Bonnie Ahmed.

Pictured above: Participants at the May 1, 2008 hearing, from left to right: Mark Seifert, Ken Nakata, Jesse Acosta, Larry Goldberg, Rep. Edward Markey, Russell Harvard, Jamaal Anderson, Dane Snowden, and Colin Crowell. Photo by Bonnie Ahmed.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing May 1 on the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2008.

The witnesses included: Jamaal Anderson, defensive end and 2007 first round draft pick of the NFL Atlanta Falcons whose father is a leading deaf educator and former board member of Gallaudet University; Russell Harvard, a deaf Hollywood actor appearing in the double-academy award winning "There Will Be Blood"; and Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta, a distinguished U.S. Army veteran whose vision was seriously injured in Iraq.

You can read their written testimony and a COAT statement (MS Word):

If you visit the Subcommittee's web page on the May 1 hearing you will find:

  • A link to the archived video webcast of the hearing;
  • A witness list with links to their prepared testimony;
  • A link to the April 25, 2008 draft of the bill.

A transcript of the hearing is not available at this time but will be available on the Goverment Printing Office site within 90-120 days of the conclusion of the hearing (approximately August 2008).