Universal Service

COAT Position Statement: Universal Service Reform for People Who are Deaf-Blind

COAT recommendation: Allocate a targeted portion of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to meet the unique telecommunications needs of individuals who are deaf-blind.

Who will benefit? There are approximately 70,000 people living in the United States who are deaf-blind.[1] These individuals are amongst the most unserved and underserved populations with respect to the provision of telecommunications services.

Deaf-Blind People Get Universal Service with new Equipment Distribution Programs

On July 2, 2012, COAT was delighted to learn, via a public notice, the FCC certified fifty-three programs  across the U.S. -- that is, in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, D.C., and the Virgin Islands -- who can participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). The NDBEDP provides up to $10 million each year from the telecommunications relay services fund for distribution of communications equipment to low-income

American Council of Blind Passes Resolution on H.R. 3101

At its recent annual conference and convention in Phoenix, AZ, the members of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) passed a resolution on July 16, 2010 in regard to some of the missing provisions in H.R. 3101. Text of the resolution is below, and in the attached document below.

                  American Council of the Blind


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