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Proposed EAS Rules Mark a Greater Role for New Media Platforms and Increased Importance for Social Media in Delivering EAS Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM” or “Proposed EAS Rules”) in January, proposing improvements to the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alerts...more

3/29/2016 - Cable Operators Comment Period Digital Communications Emergency Alerts FCC FEMA Mobile Devices Multichannel Video Programming NPRM Social Media Wireless Technology

Annual Accessibility Recordkeeping and Contact Information Update Due April 1 at the FCC

By no later than April 1, 2016, entities providing telecommunications (now including broadband Internet access service), VoIP, advanced communications services (email, text), or mobile phone Internet browsers must certify to...more

3/14/2016 - Accessibility Rules Broadband Disabled FCC Internet Retailers Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Recordkeeping Requirements Website Accessibility

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

2/26/2016 - Closed Captioning Complaint Procedures FCC Multichannel Video Programming OMB Television Programming

FCC Revises Telecom Pole Attachment Rate Formula

New Order Eliminates Possible Disparity in Cable and Telecom Pole Attachment Rates In last week’s Order on Reconsideration, the FCC definitively closed the “telecom formula loophole” thereby ensuring that pole attachment...more

12/1/2015 - FCC Pole Attachment Order Telecommunications Utilities Sector

FCC Continues to Modify Accessibility Rules Governing Program Guides and Closed Captioning

The FCC has amended its accessibility rules to add new requirements for audible on-screen program guides and activation mechanisms for closed captioning and video description. It also proposed additional rule changes that...more

11/30/2015 - Accessibility Rules Closed Captioning FCC Multichannel Video Programming MVPD

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

6/5/2015 - Accessibility Rules Cable Television Providers Covered Entities CVAA Disability Emergency Alerts FCC Multichannel Video Programming MVPD NPRM Public Comment Television Broadcast Stations

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

5/27/2015 - Accessibility Rules FCC Multichannel Video Programming New Regulations

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

4/13/2015 - Arbitration Duke Energy FCC Pole Attachment Order Private Letter Rulings Utility Poles

Impact of Reclassification on Pole Attachments

The Order recognizes that the deployment of communications networks and broadband infrastructure depends heavily on access to utility poles on reasonable rates, terms and conditions. Accordingly, the Order declined to...more

3/17/2015 - Broadband FCC Internet Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Pole Attachment Order Public Utility Telecommunications Utilities Sector Utility Poles

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

2/18/2015 - Dismissals FCC Pole Attachment Order Verizon

Reminder: FCC Recordkeeping Compliance

By no later than April 1, 2015, entities providing telecommunications, VoIP, or advanced communications services (email, text) must certify to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to their compliance in 2014 with the...more

2/4/2015 - Certificates of Compliance FCC Recordkeeping Requirements Telecommunications

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

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

Reminder: Accessibility Record Keeping Certification Required by April 1, 2014

Entities providing traditional telecommunications services, interconnected VoIP, advanced communications services (ACS) (which includes non-interconnected VoIP, electronic messaging services, interoperable video...more

3/10/2014 - Accessibility Rules CVAA FCC Recordkeeping Requirements Telecommunications VoIP

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

2/27/2014 - Closed Captioning Disability FCC Telecommunications

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

2/21/2014 - Broadcasting Closed Captioning FCC Telecommunications Television Programming

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

Reminder: Enhanced Captioning Required for New IP Video Apps and Newly Manufactured Video Programming Equipment Starting Jan. 1,...

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, IP video applications, plug-ins and devices newly provided or upgraded by video programmer distributors (VPDs) must implement the enhanced captioning technical capabilities set forth in FCC rule...more

12/9/2013 - 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 Temporary ACS Waiver to E-Readers

In an Order released on Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers (Coalition) a temporary waiver (until Jan. 28, 2014) of its rule requiring advanced communications...more

10/24/2013 - ACS e-Books FCC

Closed Captioning Reminder: Prerecorded Video That Airs on TV with Captions But is Edited for Internet Distribution Must Be...

The next phase of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements implementing the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) is set to kick in for closed-captioning video programming delivered via...more

9/30/2013 - Closed Captioning CVAA FCC Television Programming

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

6/7/2013 - Accessibility Rules CVAA FCC MVPD Online Videos

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

4/12/2013 - Disability Emergency Alerts FCC Safety Precautions Television Programming

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