Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

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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

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.