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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 10 Mar 2011

FCC disability NPRM sweeps in previously unregulated entities and services

On March 3, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to ensure that IP-based equipment, services and software are accessible to persons with disabilities, consistent with the requirements of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 30 Sep 2010

House passes final communications and video accessibility legislation

On Tuesday, September 28, the House of Representatives passed S. 3304 and S. 3828, which collectively represent the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 29 Jul 2010

DOJ issues advance notice of proposed rulemaking applying the Americans with Disabilities Act to websites operated by public accommodations, including those with a web-only presence

Twenty years to the day since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) announcing that it was considering issuing regulations extending the ADA to the web sites of public accommodations and listing nineteen questions for public comment to assist in gathering information on possible web accessibility standards.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 26 Mar 2010

FCC focused on closed captioning rules

The FCC adopted rules mandating closed captioning of video programming in 1998, establishing benchmarks for a phase-in of captioning over the years that followed.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 23 Dec 2009

EEOC issues proposed revisions to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a NPRM proposing revisions to the existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and interpretive guidance.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 19 Oct 2009

FCC issues reminder regarding closed captioning and the provision of emergency information; benchmarks for Spanish language programming

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a Public Notice reminding video programming distributors (VPDs) - including broadcasters, cable operators and satellite television services - of their obligation to make emergency information accessible to persons with hearing and vision disabilities, as well as the upcoming benchmarks for Spanish language programming.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 18 Jul 2007

Thinking of accepting advertising from a federal agency? Understand OFCCP affirmative action requirements first

Broadcasters should be aware of the possibility of accepting government advertising and inadvertently becoming a federal contractor or subcontractor.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 21 Feb 2007

Station enters into consent decree terminating Hurricane Charley investigation

A Fort Myers, Florida, television licensee has entered into a consent decree with the FCC, terminating the Enforcement Bureau's investigation into whether the station violated the commission's rules by failing to make accessible to persons with hearing disabilities emergency information that it provided aurally in its programming during 2004's Hurricane Charley.

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