October 29, 2010, Washington, DC– The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) today announced its support for President Obama’s recent signing of The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act into law.

ATIS has a long history of work supporting all communications users’ access to telecommunications services, including its ATIS Hearing Aid Compatibility Incubator, Text Telephone Devices Forum, and the Industry Numbering Committee.  Much of ATIS’ accessibility work complements the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act’s ultimate goal.

ATIS’ HAC Incubator was formed in 2003 to address interoperability issues associated with hearing aid users experiencing annoying buzzing when using wireless devices.  Over the successful seven year history of the Incubator, industry and consumer advocates worked together under ATIS’ consensus-based and open procedures to accomplish many important goals.  Among these accomplishments are: the development of mutually agreeable,  achievable benchmarks for hearing aid compliance in wireless device; the creation of consistent and clear labeling language for HAC consumers; and the continued provision of a wide array of wireless devices with varying product features, functions, and prices for all consumers.

ATIS is pleased that its processes and principles have influenced the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Although the Incubator has completed its original mission, it stands ready to assist industry and the FCC, where needed, in advancing accessibility for the disabled community including implementation of the Act.

“ATIS has a longstanding history of enabling communications solutions for all users,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act marks an essential step towards achieving universal communications accessibility.”

About ATIS

ATIS is the leading technical planning and standards development organization committed to the rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. More than 250 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ 18 Committees, covering issues including: IPTV, Service Oriented Networks, Home Networking, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support.  In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address emerging industry priorities including “Green”, IP Downloadable Security, Next Generation Carrier Interconnect, IPv6 and Convergence.

ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications’ Sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, please visit www.atis.org.