Thread Subject: The Conference Bridge
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From: Debbie Cook
Date: Tue, Nov 13 2007 4:05 PM
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I'm very sorry not to be with you in person for this important meeting.
Unfortunately family medical issues are keeping me away.
I plan to write a specific note to the Access Board, per Bruce's suggestion
to me, regarding the deplorable state of the Conference Bridge, but
meanwhile I'll give you all some info that might help. I understand things
may not be much better in the meeting room.
First, there is a lot of clipping so that if you are not speaking into the
mike people on the Bridge will hear about one of every five words. Place the
mike between your tonsils. If you don't have tonsils, well you'll know what
Second, you were noticing the problem when one of us would mute. There's a
reverb from the tones that echos back several times. This also happens when
you open a mike and your cell phone is on. If you're not using your phone,
please turn it off. The sound created from the reverb of GSM phones which
rises in volume for at least 30 seconds will completely drown out the
And finally, I'd use the captioning to assist me with following the
conversation accurately, but as we've discussed before, the technique to
display the captioning used by the federal government is not accessible to
screen reader users.
I am concerned that we've been meeting over a year and still cannot manage
to have a useable conference bridge.
Believe me, I'd be there if there was any way to have done so.
Thanks to all of you for any help and consideration on this.
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