President Obama, at a White House ceremony on Friday (Oct. 8), signed legislation to improve access to video, Internet and wireless communications for Americans with disabilities. Approved by Congress last month, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 updates the disability access provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The following statement should be attributed to Kathryn Brown, Verizon senior vice president of public policy development and corporate responsibility, who attended the White House signing ceremony:
"It was moving to see President Obama sign this important legislation into law. This is the result of the hard work and dedication of disability advocates represented by the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology, which understands the value that 21st century technologies play in people's lives. This law will ensure that millions of Americans with disabilities have greater access to new broadband services and technologies. We appreciate the president's leadership and the important work that was done in Congress to get the job done right. Verizon is pleased to have played a role in the process, working with lawmakers, other companies and affected stakeholders."