As of October 8, 2013, all advanced communication products and services offered in interstate commerce must be compliant (including products and services previously offered) with the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) disabled access requirements, and consumers can begin filing complaints with the FCC as of that date. Covered entities should ensure that the internal contact identified on their FCC registration is prepared to address any Requests for Dispute Assistance once the government shutdown is resolved and the FCC is back to work.


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With only hours (as of this writing) before a likely government shutdown over the budget, the FCC finally released its shutdown plan. 

UPDATE 4/9/11:  Congress reached a resolution of the FY 2011 budget battle late last night.  The President’s discussion is available here, and Speaker Boehner’s release is available here.  Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution to avert a shutdown, and are preparing a bill to fund the government through the remainder of FY 2011.  It appears, therefore, that the FCC shutdown plan will not be needed.


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