Claude Stout Presents at U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
TDI’s Executive Director Claude Stout Presents at Senate Committee Hearing
By Cheryl Heppner 1/16/2014
Claude Stout, the Executive Director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, spoke today at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in its Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommitee hearing regarding “Locating 911 Callers in a Wireless World.” Web Media Specialist Bruce Greenfield, Outreach Program Manager Bonnie O’Leary and Board member Tom Dowling joined me to watch it on one of NVRC’s flat screen televisions. Unfortunately the captions did not begin until approximately five minutes after the meeting started.
Mr. Stout, who had been invited to give testimony regarding location identification technology, was the second individual to
speak. He focused on the exciting possibilities that could be gained through these new and emerging technologies and praised the FCC, PACO,
NENA, CTIA and the four wireless carriers for listening to consumer demands and collaboratively implementing new accessible solutions in emergency services. Mr. Stout also talked about technology used by individuals with hearing loss or deafness to communicate by telephone and the crucial need that location-finding technology plays in an emergency. He stressed that consumers with hearing loss or deafness need to be able to describe their emergency situation and information without losing time in trying to provide information on their location.
Mr. Stout’s closing words were: “We simply want the same capabilities like anyone else to initiate and participate fully in communications with emergency services. Like our family members and friends who can hear, we do pay local property taxes and federal taxes that support our local public safety services, and also pay subscriber fees to access the telephone networks as a conduit to emergency services. As 911 centers continue to rely on funding from these sources, so should we rely on them to be fully accessible to every single one of us in the communities across America.”
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