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New FCC Rules for Internet Captioning and Related News

May 23, 2012

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Announces Internet Captioning Deadlines

After many years of hard work by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and other organizations and advocates, the IP [Internet Protocol] closed captioning rules were published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012 and establishes April 30, 2012 as the effective date for the rules. According to the rules, video programming shown on the Internet after being shown on television must have captions based on the following schedule established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

  • September 30, 2012: Prerecorded programming that is not edited for Internet distribution;
  • March 30, 2013: Live and near live programming that was recorded within 24 hours of broadcast on television;
  • September 30, 2013: Prerecorded programming that is edited for Internet distribution.

This means that by September 30, 2013, 100% of new video programming shown on television with captions must have captions when shown online.

More Information on FCC Rules for Internet Captioning at: http://nad.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=18534&qid=1495775

FCC Rule: Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010

NAD Files Comments on Video Relay Service (VRS) Reform

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) [estimates that] over 50 independent members of the community submitted comments to the FCC on Video Relay Service (VRS) Reform for the initial comment period. The NAD worked closely with groups of disability advocates to file comments with the FCC.

More information on NAD Files Video Relay Service (VRS) Reform Comments at: http://nad.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=18535&qid=1495775

NAD Comments on the Importance of IP Relay

On March 20, 2012, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) took the lead, and was joined by other consumer groups, in submitting a comment in response to the Federal Communication Commissionís (FCC) Public Notice asking about the importance of IP [Internet Protocol] Relay and possible measures to reduce fraud.

The FCC Public Notice asked about the extent to which IP Relay is currently being used by consumers with or without disabilities, and whether it is meeting a need that is not fulfilled by other forms of relay, or other text-based services. The FCCís Public Notice questioned whether IP Relay continues to be legitimately used by many people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

More information about NAD Comments on the Importance of IP Relay at: http://nad.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=18536&qid=1495775

Resort Agrees to Provide Accessible Technology

The Great Wolf Lodge has entered into an historic agreement to make all of its eleven resorts fully accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Over the next year, Great Wolf Lodge, the nationís largest family of indoor water park resorts, will develop and roll-out a new interactive system that uses new technology to provide people who are deaf or hard of hearing with full, equal and [concurrent] access to its MagiQuest game, and all of its other entertainments.

More information about the Great Wolf Lodge Settlement Agreement at: http://nad.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=18537&qid=1495775

NAD Files Comments on Access Board Accessibility Guidelines

On March 6, 2012, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) took the lead, and was joined by several other consumer groups, in submitting comments on the U.S. Access Board rulemaking on its standards for electronic and information technology, as well as its guidelines for telecommunications accessibility.

These guidelines help federal agencies comply with Section 508 requirements for making electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 covers websites, software technology, telecommunications products, multimedia, and computers.

More information about NAD Files Comments on Access Board Accessibility Guidelines at: http://nad.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=18538&qid=1495775

News source: National Association of the Deaf (NAD)


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