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Accessibility Waiver Requested for E-Readers

August 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requesting comment on a petition, filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers, for a class waiver of section 716, part 14 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).  Part 14 of the FCC’s rules that require advanced communications services (ACS) and equipment be accessible to people with disabilities. Specifically the Coalition is requesting a class waiver for e-readers, stating that “although e-readers are equipment that consumers can use for ACS,” “they are marketed to consumers as reading devices, and promotional material does not tout the capability to access ACS.”  Comments are due on September 3, 2013 and reply comments are due September 13, 2013.  

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