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VPAAC Report on Video Description

04.09.12 – The FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) issued a Report concerning Video Description and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The report describes the chain of distribution of video descriptions including the production of video descriptions by and distribution to consumers highlighting that the rights to create video description must first be obtained before a script describing the visual elements of a television program can be created.

Small Entity Compliance Guide for Closed Captioning

03.15.12 – In compliance with Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Act of 1996, the FCC has issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide “intended to help small entities comply with new rules adopted” in the Report and Order concerning the implementation of Closed Captioning on Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming as related to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) [MB Docket No. 11-154].

New Census Questions Proposed

04.11.12 – The Department of Commerce has issued a comment request concerning The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) proposal to add 12 questions to the U.S.

FCC Issues Notice of Apparent Liability of Forfeiture to T-Mobile

04.18.12 – The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability For Forfeiture proposing a forfeiture of $819,000 against T-Mobile for violating the FCC’s rules for hearing aid compatible mobile handsets [47 CFR §20.19 (c)(2)(d)(2)].

FCC Proposes Rules for Hearing Aid Compatibility with Wireless Phones

04.09.2012 – The FCC issued a Third Report and Order (R&O) “In the Matter of Amendment of the Commission’s Rules Governing Hearing Aid-Compatible Mobile Handsets” [WT Docket No. 07-250] revising the Commission’s rules on hearing aid compatibility (HAC) technical standards.


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