FCC Releases Proposed Internet Closed Captioning Rules

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FCC Releases Proposed Internet Closed Captioning Rules

Oct 3 2011

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) requires the Federal Communications Commission to take many actions on accessibility.

On September 22, 2011, the FCC released a document called a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that asks the public to comment on proposed rules to ensure that televised programming with captions will continue to have captions when delivered over the Internet. The NPRM proposes the following phase-in schedule for implementation, once rules are adopted (in a Report and Order):

  • pre-recorded/unedited programs be captioned within 6 months of the rule;
  • live and near live programs be captioned within 12 months; and
  • pre-recorded/edited programs be captioned within 18 months.

To read the NPRM, go to: Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming NPRM: Word | PDF




To comment on the NPRM, go to, http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=b2yoy

Under “Proceeding”, enter 11-154
Under “Contact Information”, enter your contact information
Under “Details” Type of filing—comment
Under “Address”, enter your address information
Under “Document(s)”, attach your document (comments) to the file name

Comments are due October 18; Reply Comments are due October 28, 2011.