Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 11, 2014, the FCC adopted a Second Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking responding to a coalition of consumer groups that had pushed the FCC to reconsider its position and require that programming distributors (broadcast, cable, and satellite) include closed captioning for certain IP-delivered video clips.  The new rules

On July 10, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it will hold a public event entitled “Accessing Social Media” on Thursday, July 17, 2014, under the banner of its Accessibility and Innovation Initiative. The event will be held at the FCC’s Washington, DC headquarters at 445 12th Street SW from 9am to 4pm and

As of October 8, 2013, all advanced communication products and services offered in interstate commerce must be compliant (including products and services previously offered) with the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) disabled access requirements, and consumers can begin filing complaints with the FCC as of that date. Covered entities should ensure that the internal contact identified on their FCC registration is prepared to address any Requests for Dispute Assistance once the government shutdown is resolved and the FCC is back to work.


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On August 1, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") released a Public Notice seeking comment by September 3, 2013 on a petition for waiver from the disabled access requirements filed by a coalition of e-reader manufacturers (Amazon, Kobo and Sony Electronics). In late 2011, the FCC released a Report and Order implementing provisions

At its open meeting this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a status report on the implementation of broad disabilities access obligations passed three years ago.  In the presentation, FCC staff members reported that the Commission met all of the implementation deadlines in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and reminded service providers and equipment manufacturers of the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the Act.

The FCC’s new disabilities access rules apply potentially significant new obligations to a variety of entities that may not otherwise consider themselves subject to the FCC’s jurisdiction.  These rules are being implemented in stages, with many obligations taking full effect in the next six months.  Providers of advanced communications services and equipment manufacturers should review these obligations carefully to ensure that their services and equipment are compliant with the new requirements.

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