FCC snags key accessibility expert

The FCC has announced that Karen Peltz Strauss will become the Commission’s new Deputy Bureau Chief of the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau.  Karen is a long-time expert and advocate on access, having worked with Gallaudet University, the Telecommunications Access RERC, and COAT.  She has been involved in every aspect of accessibility legislation and regulation for more than 30 years, including authoring key sections of the ADA and the Telecom Act.  Karen was the first head of the FCC’s Disability Rights Office.  She authored A New Civil Right, a comprehensive history of telecommunications accessibility.  Her appointment is a signal from the Obama administration and FCC Chairman Genachowski that accessibility will not be shunted aside, but will be built into the fabric of US technology policy as it seeks to expand access to broadband to all citizens.

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