Representative Edward Markey late Friday (June 26) introduced the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (HR 3101), which ensures that individuals with disabilities have access to emerging Internet protocol-based communications and video programming technologies in the 21st century. The following is a statement by Peter Davidson, Verizon senior vice president of federal government relations:
"We applaud Chairman Markey for recognizing the essential role communications technology plays in the lives of those with disabilities. In the months leading up to the introduction of the bill, Chairman Markey brought diverse groups to the table and kept the focus on ensuring that those with disabilities have access to emerging communications technology. Verizon has long used its technology to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities, and we will continue to support Chairman Markey's efforts to pass meaningful legislation to further that same goal."