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FCC’s Clyburn Speaks to the Future of Accessibility

June 6, 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn addressed the M-Enabling Summit concerning trends in accessible technology.

New Hearing Aid Compatibility Standards

July 17, 2012 – The FCC published in the Federal Register the final rule Hearing Aid Compatibility Technical Standard, adopting the 2011 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for measuring the hearing aid comparability of wireless phones.  HAC ensures that consumers have access to wireless communication services without experiencing interference from radio frequencies or other technical sources.

Public Policy Luncheon Discusses 21st Century Technology Access

June 21, 2012 – In May, the Center for Advanced Communications Policy in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association, sponsored a luncheon, as part of the Public Policy Luncheon Series, discussing The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).  The luncheon series is an opportunity for “local, state and federal government leaders, industry representatives and a diverse set of stakeholders to address the public policy issues facing the telecommunications industry, particularly pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities.”  Lu

Consumer Guide for Video Description Services

June 22, 2012 –The FCC has issued a Consumer Guide outlining the rules “adopted to implement the video description provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA),” which will become effective July 1, 2012.  The guide highlights that at least fifty hours of video-described prime time and/or children’s programming is required for the following networks:

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