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FCC Seeks Comment Concerning Closed Captioning in Online Video Clips

December 2013 —The Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice [DA 13-2392] seeking comment on rules regarding the closed captioning of IP-delivered video programming.  In the previously issued IP Closed Captioning Order, which was pursuant to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), the FCC ruled that closed captioning rules “should initially apply to full-length programming and not to video clips,” and gave the intention of revisiting the ruling’s application to video clips in the future.  The current notice seeks comment on the current amount and quality of captioned IP-delivered video clips and news clips and whether availability of such clips has been increasing.  Additionally, the FCC seeks comment regarding whether captioning of IP-delivered video clips should be required, and if so, what “steps should be taken in order to caption IP-delivered video clips.”  Comments are due January 27, 2014 and reply comments are due February 26, 2014.

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