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Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) dictates accessibility requirements for video programming. The CVAA requires video descriptions, closed captioning, and accessible guides for broadcast and cable programming, as well as closed captioning for any online video that previously appeared on television with captions. In addition, the FCC recently extended the captioning requirements… Continue Reading

Advisory Alert: FCC Recordkeeping Compliance

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), DWT Advisory

By no later than April 1, 2015, entities providing telecommunications, VoIP, or advanced communications services (email, text) must certify to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to their compliance in 2014 with the FCC’s accessibility recordkeeping requirements. The FCC rules require covered entities to maintain contemporaneous records of their efforts to comply with FCC rules requiring… Continue Reading

FCC Extends Compliance Deadline for Some VPD Captioning Functionality Requirements

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

By Maria Browne and Brad Guyton Updated September 12, 2012 at 10 AM EST On August 17, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended to January 1, 2014 the date for video programming providers (VPDs) to comply with new captioning functionality requirements imposed under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The functionality requirements, which… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on the Accessibility of Telecommunications Technologies and Advanced Communications Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

By Maria Browne The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau seeks public comment by July 25, 2012, to inform preparation of the FCC’s biennial report to Congress required by the Twenty-First Communications Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), concerning the accessibility of telecommunications and advanced communications services and equipment to individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Comment Dates Set for FCC’s Proceeding to Improve the Video Relay Service Program

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

By Maria Browne Last week, the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding to  consider proposed improvements to the structure and efficiency of the video relay service (“VRS”) program was published in the Federal Register, thus setting the deadline for initial comments by March 2, 2012, and replies  by March 19, 2012. VRS allows persons with hearing or speech… Continue Reading

DWT Advisory: FCC Adopts Closed Captioning Rule for Online Video Programming

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

By Maria T. Browne, Brendan Holland, Brian J. Hurh, and Ronald G. London The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a Report and Order (R&O) establishing rules for the closed captioning of video programming delivered via Internet protocol (i.e., IP video), as required by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). As discussed… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Final Rules on Closed Captioning for IP-Delivered Video Programming

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UPDATE: Our DWT Advisory on the IP Closed Captioning Report and Order is now available here. This afternoon, the FCC released its long-anticipated Report and Order that sets forth the Commission’s new closed captioning rules for IP-delivered video programming, pursuant to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). As we explained when the rules… Continue Reading

Accessibility Rules for Advanced Communication Services Published in Federal Register; Effective Dates Set For Compliance with Accessibility and Recordkeeping Obligations

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

On December 30, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for ensuring the accessibility of Advanced Communication Services (e.g., VoIP, electronic text and interoperable video conferencing services) to persons with disabilities was published in the Federal Register, thus setting the effective date for the rules at January 30, 2012 (30 days from publication).   (We previously… Continue Reading

Revised FCC Form 499-A Released To Include Non-Interconnected VoIP Providers; FCC Registration Required By December 31

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

The FCC has posted its revised Form 499-A to include "non-interconnected VoIP providers" as a category of required filing entities.  As we discussed previously, new FCC rules now require certain non-interconnected VoIP providers (including one-way services) to (1) register with the FCC by December 31, 2011, and (2) report revenues to the FCC by April 1 each year for… Continue Reading

FCC Requires Certain Non-Interconnected VoIP To Register with FCC and Contribute To Telecom Relay Service Fund

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

In addition to releasing its final "advanced communications services" accessibility rules this weekend (which requires accessibility of VoIP, texting, and video chat on a wide range of devices and communication services, as I discussed earlier here), the FCC also released its Report and Order (available here) requiring certain non-interconnected VoIP providers (including both two-way and one-way… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Final Rules on Accessibility of VoIP, Texting and Video Chat; Rules Cover Incidental Services and Equipment

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

UPDATE: For more details about the new ACS rules, please read our DWT Advisory, which is now available here. Over the Columbus Day weekend, the FCC released its final rules (available here) on the accessibility of advanced communications services (ACS).  (ACS includes interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP, electronic messaging services, and interoperable video conferencing services.)  My initial read… Continue Reading

Internet Closed Captioning Proposed Rules Published in Fed Reg – Comments Due Oct. 18; Replies due Oct. 28

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

UPDATE: The FCC has extended the deadline for reply comments to November 1, 2011.  Press release is available here. The FCC’s proposed rules for Internet closed captioning have been published in the Federal Register (available here), which means that the comment periods are set.  As we discussed in our earlier posting about the NPRM (here),… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Proposed Internet Closed Captioning Rules

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

In a very late release today, the FCC has issued for comment its proposed rules for closed captioning of IP-delivered videos (NPRM available here).  Pursuant to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (discussed earlier here) and other related events, the FCC is required to adopt final Internet closed captioning rules by January 12, 2011…. Continue Reading

FCC Releases Order Reinstating Video Description Rules

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UPDATE: DWT’s Advisory on the Video Description rules is now available here. The FCC has released its Report and Order (available here) reinstating its rules for “video description” pursuant to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) that was signed into law last October. The video description rules were first adopted in 2000 but later… Continue Reading

Accessibility Advisory Committee Releases Report on Internet Closed Captioning, Proposes Tiered Schedule for Rule Compliance

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The Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee has released its report to the FCC on closed captioning of IP-video programming (available here), as required by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act passed last October.  As we explained earlier here, the Accessibility Act requires that, once a television program is published or exhibited on television with closed captions,… Continue Reading

From the Broadcast Law Blog….Comment Deadline on Video Description Rulemaking Extended

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

As David Oxenford wrote on our sister site, the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC has granted an extension of time to submit comments in its proceeding to re-institute video description rules for television programming.  Comments are now due April 28th, and Reply Comments are due by May 27th.  A copy of the FCC’s recent Order… Continue Reading

DWT Advisory: FCC Proposes to Extend Accessibility and TRS Fund Contribution Obligations to Unregulated Internet Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

As the Internet becomes a bigger part of Americans’ lives, the days when it could remain “unfettered by Federal or State regulation” appear to be drawing to a close. A recent illustration is the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (Accessibility Act), which President Obama signed into law last October. The Accessibility Act is… Continue Reading

DWT Advisory: FCC Initiates Rule Making to Reinstate Video Description Regulations

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

By Maria T. Browne and Brendan Holland <!– –>On March 3, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated a rule making proceeding to reinstate its prior video description rules with certain modifications, as required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (Act). The proposed rules would require large market broadcast affiliates… Continue Reading

FCC Proposes New Accessibility Rules for VoIP, Video Chat, other Advanced Communications Services; Networks Prohibited from Impairing or Impeding Transmission of Accessibility Information

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

Today, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Section 716 of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.  Section 716 requires providers and equipment manufacturers to make “advanced communications services” accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities.  The Act defines “advanced communications services” to include both interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP… Continue Reading

Agenda for March Open Meeting Released, Includes Rules on Video Description and Advanced Communications Services, Retransmission Consent, and Lifeline/Link Up Reform

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), High-Cost Universal Service, Spectrum Initiatives

Yesterday the FCC released a tentative agenda for its March 3rd open meeting that includes seven matters for discussion, including rules for video description and advanced communications services, as required under the recent federal disability legislation known as the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). (See earlier DWT Advisory on the CVAA here.) The… Continue Reading

DWT ADVISORY: FCC Releases Details on Net Neutrality Rules

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

 On Dec. 23, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Report and Order (R&O), and the text of the net neutrality rules it adopted on Dec. 21, 2010. The rules are summarized in our prior advisory, but the R&O contains many important details and nuances. (For the full text of the order, see Report and Order).   Transparency… Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules; Relies on Title I Ancillary Jurisdiction

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This morning at its monthly open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted net neutrality rules which largely adopt existing Internet traffic and management practices, impose new non-discrimination and transparency rules, but leave room for specialized or managed services and usage based billing. The order is notable for basing jurisdiction mostly on Title I and ancillary… Continue Reading

FCC Announces Members of Advisory Committees to Develop Recommendations on Implementing the Communications and Video Accessibility Act

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

Yesterday the FCC announced the membership of the two advisory committees mandated by the recent Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which requires the FCC to promulgate rules on accessibility of devices for use by the disabled, Internet closed-captioning and video description. The FCC named 45 members to the Video Programming and Emergency… Continue Reading