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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 13 Oct 2011

FCC rules require new VoIP services, text messaging and video chat to be accessible to disabled individuals; new recordkeeping obligations apply to telecommunications, VoIP and ACS providers

Over the Columbus Day weekend, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Report and Order setting forth new accessibility rules requiring “advanced communications services” (ACS) to be “accessible” to people with disabilities (the ACS Order).

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 11 Mar 2011

FCC proposes to extend accessibility and TRS Fund contribution obligations to unregulated internet services

As the Internet becomes a bigger part of Americans' lives, the days when it could remain "unfettered by Federal or State regulation" appear to be drawing to a close.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 4 Mar 2011

FCC proposes new accessibility rules affecting VoIP, video chat and other advanced communications services

On March 3, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act, both products of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (Accessibility Act), which the President signed into law in Oct. 2010.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 3 Mar 2011

FCC proposes new accessibility rules for VoIP, video chat, other advanced communications services; networks prohibited from impairing or impeding transmission of accessibility information

Today, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Section 716 of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 11 Feb 2011

Agenda for March open meeting released, includes rules on video description and advanced communications services, retransmission consent, and lifelinelink up reform

Yesterday the FCC released a tentative agenda for its March 3rd open meeting that includes seven matters for discussion, including rules for video description and advanced communications services, as required under the recent federal disability legislation known as the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 8 Dec 2010

FCC announces members of advisory committees to develop recommendations on implementing the Communications and Video Accessibility Act

Yesterday the FCC announced the membership of the two advisory committees mandated by the recent Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which requires the FCC to promulgate rules on accessibility of devices for use by the disabled, Internet closed-captioning and video description.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 3 Nov 2010

FCC seeks comment on deaf-blind equipment distribution program under Accessibility Act; comments due November 17

Earlier today the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on a broad range of topics related to the implementation of Section 105 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (Accessibility Act, copy available here).

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 13 Oct 2010

President signs new accessibility law to extend closed captioning to the internet and reinstate FCC video description regulations

On Oct. 8, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (Act), coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 6 Aug 2010

FCC initiates wireless backhaul and hearing aid compatibility proceedings; also, House and Senate pass new accessibility legislation, full passage expected shortly

The FCC has commenced a proceeding to facilitate the use of spectrum for wireless backhaul and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications, increasing the efficient use of spectrum for backhaul, and providing for the more flexible use of microwave frequencies to promote the deployment of wireless broadband and other services.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 30 Jul 2010

Commission releases August 5 agenda to adopt hearing-aid compatibility FNPRM on heels of House adoption of Markey accessibility bill; and wireless backhaul NPRMNOI

As anticipated from the Commission's earlier tentative agenda, the agenda for the August 5th open meeting, released on Thursday, confirms that the Commission intends to initiate two proceedings this month.

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