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).
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.
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.
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.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a NPRM proposing revisions to the existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and interpretive guidance.
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.
Broadcasters should be aware of the possibility of accepting government advertising and inadvertently becoming a federal contractor or subcontractor.
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.