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FCC’s Progress in the Accessibility of Advanced Communications

February 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Annual Performance Report was released in early February and summarizes the FCC’s work on accomplishing strategic goals and meeting performance commitments established in the FCC FY 2012 Annual Performance Plan. Some of the areas in which the FCC focused on included: promotion and adoption of spectrum for broadband; launching the Connect America Fund and reforming the Lifeline program; promotion of competition in the interest of the public; empowerment and protection of consumers; and agency process and regulatory reform. With specific regards to disabilities, the FCC continued to implement the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) and enforce their hearing aid compatibility rules to ensure equal access to advanced telecommunications for individuals with disabilities. In addition, the FCC adopted rules requiring that all broadcast video posted on the Internet include closed captioning.  

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