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WiGig? Why Not! FCC Sets Aside Significant Unlicensed Spectrum for Deployment and Support of 5G Wireless Services in Latest “Spectrum Frontiers” Order

Posted in Wireless

On Thursday, July 14, the FCC adopted its “Spectrum Frontiers” Order which allocates a substantial amount of high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use to support the deployment of the “next generational evolution of wireless technology to so-called” 5G wireless networks and services. This order, and the agency’s speed in adopting this… 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

FCC Adopts Lifeline Reform Order; Link Up Eliminated Except in Tribal Lands

Posted in High-Cost Universal Service

By James Smith and Danielle Frappier The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday (Jan. 31, 2012) adopted its long-awaited Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Order and Rulemaking) reforming and modernizing the federal Low Income program, with the goals of preserving this important program while introducing significant program funding reductions and cost savings. The… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

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