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Emergency Communications

FCC Seeks Input on VPAAC Report on Video Description: Guidelines & Recommendations

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 befor

President Signs NG911 Legislation

02.22.12 – The President has signed into law The Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2012 which was passed as part of The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 [P.L. 112-96]. The Act amends Section 158 of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C.

House Committee Passes Public Warning Legislation

02.28.12 – The House Homeland Security Committee has passed new legislation, The Integrated Public Alert and Public Warning System Modernization Act of 2011 [H.R. 3563], which was introduced by U.S.


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