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Title: January 15, 2004


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Consumer Governmental Affairs Bureau
  • January 15, 2004

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2003 Goals
  • Increase legal and Intergovernmental Affairs
    outreach staffs
  • Expand outreach to underserved stakeholders (e.g.
    people with disabilities, rural communities)
  • Continue to modernize CGB technology
    infrastructure
  • Enhance CGB policy focus
  • Ensure that all Voices are Heard

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Promoting the Commission's Strategic Goals
  • Broadband
  • Competition
  • Media
  • Homeland Security
  • Spectrum
  • Modernizing the FCC

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Deployment
  • Forged partnership with Appalachian Regional
    Commission to bring advanced services to rural
    Appalachian communities.
  • Showcased how broadband links the University of
    Virginias Medical Center to rural health care
    facilities.
  • Facilitated discussion of broadband issues by the
    FCCs Consumer Advisory Committee.

Broadband
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TCPA / National Do-Not-Call Registry
  • Balance consumers privacy rights with
    telemarketers telemarketing rights.
  • Over 55 million consumers have registered since
    July 2003.
  • For 2004 CGB will continue to work on the TCPA
    docket to update and enhance the telemarketing
    and unsolicited fax rules.

a tool that will help ensure that
telemarketers respect the privacy of our
nations citizens. President George W. Bush
Competition
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Taking the Profit out of Slamming
  • Revised rules to allow further consumer
    protections.
  • Eliminated Form 478 to alleviate burdens on
    carriers.
  • Provided a consumer mechanism for recourse.

Competition
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Taking the Profit out of Slamming
Orders Released
Complaints Closed
Competition
An increase of nearly 300 over last year
totals.
35.4 more than the number tallied at the same
time last year.
More than 250,000 in refunds and credits to
consumers
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Consumer Centers Informal Complaints Backlog
  • Electronic filing initiatives contributed to
    about a 10 increase in the average speed of
    disposal for informal complaints and inquiries.
  • Modest backlog in 2003 of 161 informal
    complaints.
  • The National Do-Not-Call and Wireless Local
    Number Portability complaints nearly doubled
    monthly complaint activity from 7,585 in the 3rd
    quarter to 13,808 in the 4th quarter.

Complaints Volume
Competition
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Taking the government to the people
Presentation Exhibit, AARP Convention
Federal Asian Pacific Conference
Be Utility Wise Day
Broadcast Ownership En Banc Hearing
New York
Competition
Penn.
IL
Nevada
DC
Consumer Forum
Virginia
National Consumer Protection Week
California
N. Carolina
DTV panel participation at NACAA Fall Consumer
Conference
DC Office of Peoples Counsel Meeting
Localism Hearing
Texas
Florida
Natl Council of La Raza
Exhibit at World Congress on Disabilities
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Rural Lands of Opportunity
50th Annual Meeting of the Affiliated Tribes of
Northwest Indians (ATNI)
Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Tribal Visit
Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation Tribal Visit
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Winter
Conference
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Visit
North Dakota
Indian Telecommunications Initiative
Regional Workshop
United South Eastern Tribes Annual Impact
Week Meeting
South Dakota
Oregon
Competition
Nebraska
Natl Historic Preservation Act Conference
Nevada
DC
Virginia
Southern California Tribal Chairmans Assoc.
California
New Mexico
Arizona
National Congress of American Indians 59th Annual
Session
Alaska
Host meeting for National Congress of American
Indian Executives and NCAI Telecommunications
Subcommittee
Hopi Tribal Visit
Navajo Nation Tribal Visit
Taos Pueblo Consultation
Alaska Rural Development Council Conference
Fort Mojave Indian Reservation Tribal Visit
University of Virginia Telemedicine Demonstration
60th Annual Session of the National Congress of
American Indians
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Not a One-Way Street
  • Solicited input from
  • Consumers
  • State, Local, and Tribal governments
  • Development of VoIP
  • Development of FCC policies
  • Industry

Competition
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Communicating to the Public
Fact Sheets
Publications
Consumer Alerts
Competition
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FCC Web Sites
Competition
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Securing Service for All Americans
  • Provided leadership in protecting and restoring
    the nations communications infrastructure and
    facilities in emergency situations.
  • Partnered with WTB and the National Governors
    Association to bring together state E911 experts
    to identify cooperative strategies to facilitate
    E911 deployment.
  • Coordinated with NARUCs Critical Infrastructure
    Committee to identify opportunities to facilitate
    dialogue on homeland security issues.
  • Worked to ensure that persons with hearing and
    speech disabilities have access to
    telecommunications services during time of local,
    national, or international crisis.

Homeland Security
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Securing Service for All Americans
Homeland Security
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Access by People with Disabilities
  • Updated strengthened Telecommunications Relay
  • Services (TRS) rules.
  • Coordinated with the Wireless Telecommunications
    Bureau
  • on Hearing Aid Compatibility rules for wireless
    telephones.
  • Comprehensive review of the TRS provider data
    resulted in significant reduction of Video Relay
    Service reimbursement rate and savings of
    millions of dollars for U.S. telecommunications
    rate payers.

Homeland Security
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Enhancing Professional Development
  • Amended Commissions Rules to Implement Section
    504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • of 1973.
  • Created The Federal Communications
  • Commission Section 504 Programs Activities
    Accessibility Handbook.
  • Held training on current topics for FCC Consumer
  • Centers.
  • Designed a Consumer Affairs and Outreach
  • curriculum for the FCC University.
  • Conducted CLE training and presentations on TCPA
    for DC Bar, FCBA, the Womens Bar Association

Modernizing the FCC
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Streamlined the means for Americans to Comment
One fourth of FCCs filings were made
through ECFS Express in FY03.
  • ECFS Express 7,343 Filings
  • ECFS Internet 18,078 Filings
  • E-mail 440 Filings
  • Paper scanning 9,987 Filings
  • (Feb. 1 Dec. 31, 2003)

Modernizing the FCC
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CGB Consumer Centers
3,350 Internet Filings
15,400 Emails
  • Electronic Complaint Service System

600,000 To Consumers Per Month
Now open to any carrier regardless of size
Modernizing the FCC
72,500 Telephone Calls
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Leveraging Technology
  • Consumer Information and Management System (CIMS)
    will improve efficiency of processing and
    tracking consumer inquiries and complaints.
  • Improvements in CGBs IVR and Web-based systems.
  • Nearly 36,000 consumers (per month) were able to
    access information.
  • Allows staff more time to analyze and resolve
    complaints.

Modernizing the FCC
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2004 Goals
  • Enhanced policy focus
  • TRS
  • TCPA
  • HAC
  • Wireless Spam
  • Outreach
  • Broadband
  • Disability Community
  • Indian Tribes
  • Seniors
  • Rural Communities
  • Taking profit out of Slamming
  • Enhance consumer experience
  • Consumer Centers
  • Web Portals
  • Fact Sheets
  • Increase slamming adjudications
  • Eliminate backlog
  • Informal Complaints
  • Increase training
  • 504 Handbook
  • Tribal Training
  • Professional Development


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Special Thanks To
CGB Staff
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