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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

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

FCC Approves Five Multipurpose Waivers of New Accessibility Rules

In the first action of its kind, the Federal Communications Commission has approved, in part, five class waivers of its new accessibility rules for advanced communications services ("ACS"), which were adopted last October...more

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