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Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

According to the FCC’s website:

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress. The commission is committed to being a responsive, efficient and effective agency capable of facing the technological and economic opportunities of the new millennium. http://www.fcc.gov/what-we-do

The FCC addresses a variety of disability-related telecommunications matters, including telecommunications relay service, access to telecommunications equipment and services for people with disabilities, access to emergency information, and closed captioning. The FCC also provides expert advice and assistance to consumers, industry, and others on issues relevant to people with disabilities.  The FCC initiates rulemakings for the development of disability policy, conforming with existing disability laws, and policies and supporting the goal of increasing accessibility of communications services and technologies. http://www.fcc.gov/topic/disability

FCC Reverses Anglers' Order of 2006! More Captioning Likely

Oct 21 2011

From COAT October 20, 2011

Five years ago, in October 2006, several leading disability organizations filed for a "Review of the Bureau Order" and a "Petition for Emergency Stay" at the FCC in regard to what was referred to as "the Anglers' Order."   Today, the FCC overturned the Angler's Order and the other 300 exemptions to providing captioning on TV that were based on the Anglers' Order.  

HLAA Supports Internet Captioning Comments; Reply Comments Due November 1

Oct 21 2011

Update: Provide Your Input to the FCC in Support of HLAA’s Internet Captioning Comments

New Deadline: November 1, 2011

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue final regulations mandating closed captioning of some of the video programming delivered over the Internet by January 2012. The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in September.

HLAA Attends FCC EAAC Meeting

Oct 12 2011

September 9, HLAA attended the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) meeting. The Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) required the FCC to establish the EAAC to prepare recommendations on ways to ensure that people with disabilities have access to Next Generation 911 emergency services.

FCC Releases Proposed Rulemaking on Next Generation 911

Oct 2 2011

The Federal Communications Commission, seeking to accelerate the development and deployment of Next Generation 911 (NG911) technology that will enable the public to send emergency communications to 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) via text, photos, videos, and data and enhance the information available to PSAPs and first responders for assessing and responding to emergencies, has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking September 26, 2011.  The FCC notes in their rulemaking:

Breaking News: New TV Captioning Complaint Rules In Effect!”

Feb 22 2010

On Friday, February 19, 2010, HLAA along with other consumer and industry representatives attended a meeting of the Digital Closed Captioning & Video Description Technical Working Group. This Working Group is hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to tackle the problems consumers have seen with closed captioning in a DTV world. Read more on the Public Policy and Advocacy blog.

FCC Convenes Technical Working Group on Captioning and Video Description

May 30 2009

Thanks to Cheryl Heppner, executive director of NVRC, whose report in the NVRC News we relied on heavily for this story.

HLAA attended the first meeting of the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technical Working Group to Study Closed Captioning and Video Description Issues was held May 18, 2009. The Working Group was established to conduct an assessment of closed captioning and video description technical issues associated with the switch to digital television and recommend solutions to any technical problems.