Communications and Video Accessibility Act

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Alert: FCC Considers Extending Waiver of Accessibility Requirements for Video Game Software

Under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 ("CVAA"), video game consoles and controllers, software and related services must be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities....more

FCC Highlights Accessibility Challenges for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities

On October 6, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a White Paper entitled “Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities: Barriers to and Solutions for Accessible Information and Communication Technologies”...more

FCC Releases Third Biennial Report to Congress on Communications Accessibility for People with Disabilities

On October 7, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the third iteration of its Biennial Report to Congress on the state of communications technology accessibility for people with disabilities as required...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Disabilities Access Findings

On August 23, 2016, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s tentative findings about the accessibility of communications technologies, which will be included in this...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Accessibility Issues/Compliance for the 2016 Biennial CVAA Report

On Monday, May 23, 2016, the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB or Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released a Public Notice seeking comment on the state of compliance with the...more

FCC Reminds Broadband Providers of Disabilities Access Duties

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has long-required regulated telecommunications service providers (as well as VoIP providers) and equipment manufacturers to make their services and devices accessible...more

Reminder: FCC Form 499-A Worksheet and Annual Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certification Filings Due April 1, 2016

Please be reminded of the upcoming due date for the Reports listed below: - Form 499-A Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - All intrastate, interstate and international providers of telecommunications...more

FCC Proposes New Rules Governing Hearing Aid Compatible Telephones

The FCC issued on Oct.30, 2015 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would update several rules governing hearing aid compatible (HAC) telephones and handsets. The proposed rules apply to manufactures, including, for the first...more

Alert: New Video Game Accessibility Requirements Starting in October

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 ("CVAA") requires video game equipment, software and related services to be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The CVAA...more

New Requirements Regarding Emergency Alert Access Imposed On Device Manufacturers And MVPDs

On May 28, 2015, the FCC released a Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking pursuant to authority granted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)...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 Expands Emergency Alert Access Obligations for Equipment Manufacturers and MVPDs

Late last week, the FCC released a Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking imposing additional emergency alert accessibility obligations on both device manufacturers and multichannel video...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

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

Regulatory Reminder: Annual CVAA Compliance Certifications due April 1

Following up on an important FCC Law Blog item from 2013, entities subject to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”) should be aware that the April 1, 2014 deadline to electronically file...more

Ninth Circuit Asks California Supreme Court to Decide in GLAD v. CNN Whether State Disabled Persons Act’s “Public Accommodations”...

Court Also Holds Failure to Closed-Caption Online Videos is Not Intentional Discrimination Under State Unruh Civil Rights Act, and that Website Decisions Whether to Caption Occur in Furtherance of First Amendment Rights Under...more

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

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

FCC Seeks Comment on Video Description Issues for Report to Congress

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Media Bureau has issued a Public Notice seeking comment on inquiries related to the video description of video programming delivered via both television and the Internet....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

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

Regulatory Reminder: CVAA Compliance Certifications due April 1

Following up on an important FCC Law Blog item, entities subject to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”) should be aware that the April 1, 2013 deadline to electronically file the first...more

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

FCC Reminds Advanced Communications Services Providers and Equipment Manufacturers of CVAA Recordkeeping Obligations and...

Recently, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding the providers and equipment manufacturers of advanced communications services (ACS) of their obligation to maintain records evidencing their efforts to comply with the...more

Communications Accessibility Record Keeping Requirements Commence Jan. 30, 2013

In less than two months, on Jan. 30, 2013, entities providing traditional telecommunications services, advanced communications services (ACS) (which includes interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP, electronic messaging...more

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