Late last week, the FCC released a Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking imposing additional emergency alert accessibility obligations on both device manufacturers and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) pursuant to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).  The new requirements are designed to make access to emergency information easier for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  The initial obligations will be effective at the end of 2016, and comments will be due on the FNPRM 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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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

In a Public Notice released last week, the FCC announced new procedures for consumers to file complaints against companies to allege violations of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”), the goal of which is to ensure that people with disabilities have access to advanced communications services (“ACS”).  Generally, ACS is

Kelley Drye Telecommunications paralegal Jennifer Rodden contributed to this post.

Earlier this year, a coalition of e-reader manufacturers (Amazon, Kobo and Sony Electronics) petitioned for waiver from the disabled access requirements applicable to Advanced Communications Services (“ACS”) under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”). The Coalition seeks a class waiver

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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David Darwin co-authored this post.

Last Friday, the FCC clarified several aspects of the complex closed-captioning regulations adopted last year applicable to service and content providers using Internet protocol (IP) to deliver video programming and to certain devices used by consumers watch video programming. In January 2012, the FCC had issued a Report and Order for the implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).  Among other things, the CVAA and the Commission’s implementing regulations established closed captioning obligations for providers using IP to deliver video programming, as well as for certain consumer devices on which consumers watch video programming.  On June 14, 2013 the FCC released an Order on Reconsideration (Recon Order) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) modifying and clarifying the Report and Order, granting some waivers and denying others, which should create some additional certainty for programming providers and distributors as well as device manufacturers regarding how to comply with the regulations.  The Recon Order and FNPRM follow three petitions for reconsideration, brought by the Consumer Electronics Association, TVGuardian, and a number of consumer groups.


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