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Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)

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 curre

FCC Revises Complaint Procedures for Resolving Accessibility Issues

November 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice [DA 13-2177] highlighting the new procedures for filing complaints regarding the accessibility of “advanced communications services and equipment, Internet browsers built into mobile phones, and telecommunications services and equipment.”  The new procedures follow two recent CVAA mandates which require advanced communications systems and equipment and internet browsers on mobile phones to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Blind Americans Equality Day

October 15, 2012—In a Presidential Proclamation, President Barack Obama announced October 15, 2012 as Blind Americans Equality Day. President Obama discussed the continuing efforts to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to education, information, and job training.

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