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FCC Publishes Final Rule on Closed Captioning and Video Description

August 13, 2012

News source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the Final Rule [47 CFR Part 79] regarding the definition of “economically burdensome” as it applies to evaluating individual applications for exemption to closed captioning and video description rules. The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) changed the language of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, from “undue burden” to “economically burdensome.” The Final Rule maintains that though the terminology is different, the meaning remains the same. Therefore, applications for exemption will continue to be assessed using the following four factors: (1) the nature and cost of closed captions for the programing, (2) operational impact on the provider or program owner, (3) financial resources of provider or program owner, and (4) the type of operation.

Final Rule on Closed Captioning and Video Description (47 CFR Part 79) as published in the Federal Register.

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