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FCC Refines Rules on Accessibility of User Interfaces & Digital Video Navigation

October 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order (R&O) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the Matter of Accessibility of User Interface, and Video Programming Guides and Menus [MB Docket No. 12-108] and Accessible Emergency Information and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 [MB Docket No. 12-107].

FCC Accepting Applications for the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

October 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice [DA 13-2097] inviting interested parties to submit applications to become certified “to distribute equipment under the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to qualifying residents in Mississippi.” In accordance with Section 105 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), NDBEDP began as a two-year pilot program in 2012 that enables low-income individuals who are deaf-blind to have access to the Internet and advanced communications thr

Wireless RERC Comments on the Accessibility of the Nationwide EAS Test

October 2013 — The Wireless RERC filed comments in response to a Public Notice [EB Docket No. 04-296] issued by The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (the Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding issues identified during the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on November 9, 2011. The comments filed by the Wireless RERC specifically responded to the Bureau’s request for comment on how the FCC can address the accessibility of visual text crawls accompanying EAS alerts.

FCC Seeks Comment on 2011 Nationwide EAS Test

September 2013 – The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (the Bureau) of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice [EB Docket No.

Technology Transitions Policy Task Force Workshop

September 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force will host a workshop on October 15, 2013.  In March 2013, the Task Force held their first workshop to gather data on ongoing technology transitions.  The upcoming workshop will continue this effort by focusing on “the consumer and competitive impacts” of the transitions from copper networks to fiber and wireline to wireless services and specifically how these transitions may affect “residential and business consumers” when legacy services are replaced.  The workshop will

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