Date/Time: Thursday, April 27, 3:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: CTIA, 1400 16th Street, NW.

Registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available. 

The FCBA Wireless Telecommunications Committee will sponsor a CLE on Thursday, April 27 from 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. entitled “Wireless Accessibility for People with Disabilities: 2017 Priorities.”  This program will be held at CTIA, 1400 16th Street, NW.

As the wireless industry rapidly evolves, manufacturers and service providers have worked to ensure their innovative products and services are accessible to all consumers, including people with disabilities.  This program will highlight recent accessibility actions by the Federal Communications Commission and discuss the cooperative efforts of various industry and consumer groups to facilitate access to wireless products and services for people of all different abilities.


3:00 – 3:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions

3:05 – 3:15 p.m.         An Opening Discussion with Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

3:15 – 4:10 p.m.         A New Era of Hearing Aid Compatibility
Panelists will discuss the impact of and next steps relating to the FCC’s 2016 Hearing Aid Compatibility Consensus Order, which encourages a task force of wireless industry, consumer, and hearing aid representatives (among others) to evaluate the future of HAC for wireless handsets.  Panelists will also learn about corresponding and related efforts to regulate hearing aid devices at the Federal Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission.

Kara Romagnino, Director of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA

Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America
Susan Bahr, Attorney, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Dan Gilman, Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
Laura Stefani, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC and Counsel to the Hearing Industries Association
Savannah Schaefer, Sr. Manager, Government Affairs, TIA

4:10 – 4:20 p.m.         Break

4:20 – 5:15 p.m.         Transitioning from Wireless TTY to Real-Time Text
Panelists will discuss the FCC’s recent Order permitting wireless service providers and manufacturers to satisfy their TTY obligations through deployment of innovative Real-Time Text technologies, along with issues relating to implementation, functionality, and the interplay between RTT and public safety services.

Zainab Alkebsi, Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf

Christian Vogler, Director, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
Bob Aldrich, Front Office Legal Advisor, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Linda Vandeloop, Director of Federal Regulatory, AT&T
Courtney Neville, Policy Counsel, Competitive Carriers Association
Trey Forgety, Director of Government Affairs, National Emergency Number Association