Header graphic for print
Broadband Deployment Law Advisor Insight and Commentary on the Deployment of Communications Infrastructure

FCC Seeks Comment On Latest VPAAC Report On Video Description and Emergency Information

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

Earlier this month, the Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) released its Reports on Video Description, Access to Emergency Information, and User Interfaces, Video Programming Guides and Menus.  These reports respectively summarize the VPAAC’s investigation and recommendations regarding these topics.

This week, the FCC announced that it is seeking the public’s general reactions to these reports. 

With respect to access to emergency information and video description, the FCC has asked for general feedback:

We seek comment on the portions of the VPAAC Second Report that address access to emergency information and device capabilities with respect to the provision of video description and emergency information. How should these portions of the VPAAC Second Report inform our forthcoming rulemakings? In particular, we ask commenters to indicate whether they agree with the pertinent recommendations in the VPAAC Second Report, and if so, why. Are there additional issues that the Commission should consider as it prepares to commence these rulemakings?

Initial comments are due May 24.  (Full press release availabler here.)

 The FCC’s request for comment on the VPAAC’s report related to user interfaces, video programming guides and menus is essentially the same:

We seek comment on the portion of the VPAAC Second Report that addresses the above
issues pertaining to making user interfaces, video programming guides, and menus accessible on video programming apparatus and navigation devices. How should this portion of the VPAAC Second Report inform our Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about user interface, video programming guide, and menu accessibility? In particular, we ask commenters to indicate whether they agree with the pertinent recommendations in the VPAAC Second Report, and if so, why. Are there additional issues that the Commission should consider as it prepares to commence this rulemaking?  

Initial comments are also due May 24.  (Full press release available here.)