Maria T. Browne

Maria T. Browne

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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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

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 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

Closed Captioning Reminder: Starting March 30, 2013, Video Programming That Is or Was Aired Live or “Near Live” on TV Must Be...

The time is drawing near for the next phase of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements implementing the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) for closed-captioning video programing...more

3/1/2013 - Closed Captioning CVAA Distributors FCC Multichannel Video Programming

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