Accessibility Advisory Committee Releases Report on Internet Closed Captioning, Proposes Tiered Schedule for Rule Compliance

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The Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee has released its report to the FCC on closed captioning of IP-video programming (available here), as required by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act passed last October. As we explained earlier here, the Accessibility Act requires that, once a television program is published or exhibited on television with closed captions, any subsequent distribution of that programming on the Internet must include closed captions.

The Accessibility Act requires that the FCC revise its closed captioning rules within 6 months of the Committee's report, thus, new FCC closed captioning rules must be in place no later than January 13, 2012. (The report is dated July 13, 2011, though it appears to have been released July 11.) The report proposes the following compliance schedule based on the date the FCC's revised rules are published in the Federal Register...

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