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					FCC IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
  TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
COMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO
     ACCESSIBILITY ACT

      Pub. L. 111-260

    FCC Agenda Meeting
     November 30, 2010
  Historic Role for the Commission

• Disability protections enacted by Congress and
  implemented by the FCC during the 1980s and
  1990s have not kept pace with emerging
  technologies
   – Focus was on telecom products and services
   – Applied to legacy analog technologies
• New Act addresses accessibility challenges of
  21st century technologies
  – Broadband, digital, and mobile innovations
              Implementation of the
             National Broadband Plan

• Recommendation 9.10 – Congress and the FCC “should
  modernize accessibility laws”
   – 36 million Americans with disabilities with hearing loss
   – 25 million Americans with disabilities with significant
     vision loss
• 42% of Americans with disabilities have broadband at
  home, compared with national average of 65%
• Non-adoption in large part due to physical barriers
   The Act Fulfills Commission Goals
• Advances Core Goals:
  – Addresses Consumer Needs: Enables access to 21st
    Century technologies needed for employment,
    education, civic participation
  – Promotes Innovation: Encourages industries to
    innovate for accessibility; allows industry flexibility
  – Encourages Competition: Promotes competition to
    win disability market share
• Promotes accessibility during design stages
• Fills accessibility gaps in current laws
• Accessibility has benefits for all consumers
   Title I – Communications Access
• Requires access to advanced telecommunications (all
  VoIP, electronic messaging, interoperable video
  conferencing)
• Requires accessible Internet browsers on mobile devices
• Applies hearing aid compatibility mandates to advanced
  communication devices
• Updates relay service definition and requires VoIP
  contributions to support these services
• Authorizes funding support for national deaf-blind
  equipment distribution program
• Authorizes rules for reliable and interoperable access to
  Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1 emergency services
  Title I – Communications Access
• Requires creation of FCC Accessibility
  Clearinghouse
• Requires outreach on Accessibility
  Clearinghouse
• Requires improved complaint procedures for
  consumers and tightened deadlines for
  complaint resolution
• Requires biennial reporting to Congress by FCC
• Requires 5 year report to Congress by the
  Comptroller General
Title II- Video Programming - Content

• Reinstates and updates FCC’s video
  description rules from year 2000
• Requires closed captioning to be carried
  on Internet programs that have already
  been shown on television with captions
• Requires accessible emergency video
  programming for people who are blind
Title II- Video Programming - Devices
• Requires, if achievable, the pass through/rendering of
  closed captions, video description, and accessible
  emergency information on video devices, including
  recording devices and via digital video interconnection
  mechanisms
• Requires accessible user interfaces (controls) on video
  devices for people who are blind or visually impaired
• Requires easier access to closed captioning functions
  through a button, key or icon
• Requires audibly accessible programming selection in
  real-time when using on-screen guides and text menus
  provided by navigation devices
        Implementation Has Begun!
• August 5, 2010; October 12, 2010 – NPRM and PN on
  hearing aid compatibility
• October 19, 2010 – PNs seeking nominations for
  VPEAAC/EAAC – First meetings scheduled:
   – Video Programming and Emergency Access Advisory
     Committee (VPEAAC)
   – Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC)
• October 21, 2010 – PN on advanced communications
• November 3, 2010 –PN on national deaf-blind equipment
  distribution program
             Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
                            Statutory Implementation Timeline




                                       2010                      2011                                   2012                                       2013
           Rulemaking                 4th Q.   1st Q.   2nd Q.      3rd Q.   4th Q.   1st Q.   2nd Q.       3rd Q.   4th Q.      1st Q.   2nd Q.      3rd Q.   4th Q.
                                        PN
Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution     (done)            R&O
Advanced Communications (i.e., IP-      PN
Based) Equipment & Services           (done)                                 R&O
Hearing Aid Compatibility –          NPRM/PN
Advanced Communications               (done)                                 R&O

Relay Service Contributors                                                   R&O

Video Description Rule Reinstate                                             R&O
                                                                   VPEAAC
Internet Captioning of TV                                           Report            R&O
                                                                   VPEAAC
Closed Captioning on Video Devices                                  Report            R&O
                                                                                                                     Report to
Compliance Report To Congress                                                                                        Congress
                                                                             EAAC
Reliable Access to NG 911                                                    Report
Emergency Access to TV                                                                         VPEAAC
Programming                                                                                     Report                                    R&O
                                                                                               VPEAAC
Video Description on Video Devices                                                              Report                                                         R&O
                                                                                               VPEAAC
Accessible User Interfaces                                                                      Report                                                         R&O
                                                                                               VPEAAC
Accessible Onscreen Menus                                                                       Report                                                         R&O

Accessible Internet Browsers                                                                                                                           R&O

				
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