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August 2012 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights

In August, due to recent requests for exemption from closed captioning and video description requirements the Federal Communications Commission clarified the definition of “economically burdensome,” maintaining the assessment factors outlined in the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended). The Commission is also prepared for their First Biennial Report to Congress on the state of accessibility of communications technologies and services, releasing for comment a Public Notice [CG Docket No. 10-213] of “tentative findings.”  The Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EEAC) will meet on September 14, 2012 to report progress in their examination of technologies and practices that would enable people with disabilities to access forthcoming Next Generation 911 (NG911) emergency services.

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