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Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices – Compliance Deadline Today

Today, July 10, 2017, is the compliance deadline for the FCC’s rules regarding video description of emergency information on “second screens.” Multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) are now required to pass...more

Accessibility Rules Continue to Take Shape Even As FCC Leadership Transitions

With FCC leadership soon shifting as the current administration winds down, there have been several interesting accessibility-related developments. In addition, several important FCC accessibility rule compliance deadlines...more

Update: FCC Divides Closed Captioning Compliance Responsibility, Imposes New Obligations Directly on Programmers

UPDATE: The FCC released its Second Report and Order on February 19, 2016. The advisory below has been updated to reflect the details of the order. At its Open Meeting on February 18, 2016, the Federal Communications...more

FCC Releases Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices and Grants Compliance Waivers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the text of its Second Report and Order (R&O) adopting rules requiring multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to pass through the secondary audio stream...more

FCC Adopts Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices

At its May 21, 2015, Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules requiring visually displayed emergency information to be available aurally on “second screens” – such as tablets, laptops, or...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Stays Pole Attachment Complaint Proceeding Pending Completion of Arbitration

In a March 16, 2015 Letter Ruling, the Market Disputes Resolution Division of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau granted a request by Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (“Duke”) for a stay in a pole attachment complaint proceeding brought...more

FCC Announces List of Top Five Nonbroadcast Networks Subject to Video Description Obligations

The FCC recently updated the list of national nonbroadcast networks that are subject to certain video description rules in an Order and Public Notice released March 6, 2015. Starting July 1, 2015, the top five national...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Dismisses ILEC Pole Attachment Complaint

Earlier this week the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau dismissed without prejudice a pole attachment complaint filed by Verizon Florida LLC (“Verizon”) against Florida Power and Light (“FPL”). It was the FCC’s first substantive...more

FCC Captioning Quality Rules Likely to Be Effective Mid-March

The FCC is expected to announce soon that the bulk of its new closed captioning quality rules will take effect on March 16, 2015, rather than January 15, as originally projected. The specific rules at issue, which were...more

12/19/2014  /  Closed Captioning , FCC , New Regulations

FCC Sets Dec. 15 Deadline for Special Access Data Collection Submissions

December 15 is now set as the deadline by which nearly all cable operators, telecommunications carriers, and many others must respond to an extensive FCC special access data collection, per an Order on Reconsideration...more

FCC to Proceed with Revised Special Access Data Collection Effort Following OMB Approval

On Aug.15, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the FCC’s proposed special access services data collection plan, subject to several modifications that limit the initial scope of the plan. The FCC’s special...more

8/21/2014  /  Data Collection , FCC , OMB

FCC Requires Closed Captioning of IP Video Clips

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Second Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Order” or “FNPRM”) requiring closed captioning of certain video clips...more

7/16/2014  /  Compliance , FCC , Internet , Popular

EU High Court Overturns Telecom Data Retention Requirements

The Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, declared the EU’s 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid in a judgment issued on April 8, 2014. The directive, which has been implemented via national...more

Updated Location Privacy Protection Act Introduced

On March 27, 2014, Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) introduced the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014, a bill that addresses so-called “stalking apps.” While Senator Franken’s intent is to target those apps designed to...more

IP Video Closed Captioning Reminder: Archival Programming That Airs on TV with Captions Must Be Captioned Online Within 45 Days of...

The next phase of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) is set to take effect for closed-captioning video programming...more

3/28/2014  /  Closed Captioning , CVAA , FCC , Internet

FCC Adopts Closed Caption Quality Standards

On Feb. 24, 2014, the FCC released the text of the Report and Order (R&O), Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), which it adopted at its February Open Meeting, addressing the petition of...more

FCC Issues Closed Captioning Quality Standards for Television Programs

At its February 2014 Open Meeting today, the FCC approved new regulations governing the quality of closed captions that must appear in television programming. As noted in our earlier advisory, the long-awaited rules stem from...more

Goodbye to Closed Captioning M¡s+@ke§?—FCC to Address Captioning Quality Standards

In its Tentative Agenda for its Feb. 20, 2014 open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that it will adopt a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding...more

2/6/2014  /  Closed Captioning , Compliance , FCC

FCC Releases Talking Guide Rules

On Oct. 31, 2013, the FCC released rules requiring audible output of pre-installed video programming guides and menus on set top boxes, CableCARD televisions, and other devices employing conditional access technology (both...more

11/5/2013  /  CVAA , FCC

FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling Clarifying That CPNI Rules Apply to Personal Information Stored on Wireless Devices

On June 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling in which it clarified that the agency’s Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) regulations apply to customer-specific...more

FCC Generally Affirms IP Closed Captioning Rules on Reconsideration, Seeks Further Comment on Limited Issues

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released an Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) affirming, modifying and clarifying certain aspects of its closed captioning rules for...more

6/18/2013  /  Closed Captioning , CVAA , FCC , Internet

FCC Issues Proposed Rules Governing Accessibility of Video Programming Guides and User Interfaces

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released May 30, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed “talking guide” rules which would require nearly all user interfaces on digital apparatus and navigation...more

FCC Releases Rules Requiring Accessibility of Browsers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order on April 29, 2013, reversing an earlier interpretation in its October 2011 rulemaking, and clarifying that Internet browsers used for advanced...more

5/2/2013  /  FCC , Internet , Mobile Devices

FCC Adopts New Rules for Accessibility of Emergency Information in Video Programming

On April 9, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established requirements for the video description of emergency announcements presented on-screen during TV programs, so that the blind and visually impaired can...more

Bills on Use of Mobile-Device-Location Data Reintroduced

Updating our entry on this issue posted during the last Congress, on March 21, 2013, lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced companion bills intended to curb government use of mobile users’ geolocation data. The...more

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