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Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

According to the FCC’s website:

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress. The commission is committed to being a responsive, efficient and effective agency capable of facing the technological and economic opportunities of the new millennium. http://www.fcc.gov/what-we-do

The FCC addresses a variety of disability-related telecommunications matters, including telecommunications relay service, access to telecommunications equipment and services for people with disabilities, access to emergency information, and closed captioning. The FCC also provides expert advice and assistance to consumers, industry, and others on issues relevant to people with disabilities.  The FCC initiates rulemakings for the development of disability policy, conforming with existing disability laws, and policies and supporting the goal of increasing accessibility of communications services and technologies. http://www.fcc.gov/topic/disability

HLAA Supports Easy Access to Captioning Controls

Mar 11 2016

HLAA joined other consumer organizations Telecommunications for the Deaf (TDI), National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (DHH Tech RERC) in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where we urged the FCC to ensure that people with hearing loss can turn the captions on their television and computers easily, without having to search through multiple menus to find the captioning control.

FCC Reverses Anglers' Order of 2006! More Captioning Likely

Oct 21 2011

From COAT October 20, 2011

Five years ago, in October 2006, several leading disability organizations filed for a "Review of the Bureau Order" and a "Petition for Emergency Stay" at the FCC in regard to what was referred to as "the Anglers' Order."   Today, the FCC overturned the Angler's Order and the other 300 exemptions to providing captioning on TV that were based on the Anglers' Order.  

HLAA Supports Internet Captioning Comments; Reply Comments Due November 1

Oct 21 2011

Update: Provide Your Input to the FCC in Support of HLAA’s Internet Captioning Comments

New Deadline: November 1, 2011

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue final regulations mandating closed captioning of some of the video programming delivered over the Internet by January 2012. The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in September.

HLAA Attends FCC EAAC Meeting

Oct 12 2011

September 9, HLAA attended the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) meeting. The Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) required the FCC to establish the EAAC to prepare recommendations on ways to ensure that people with disabilities have access to Next Generation 911 emergency services.

FCC Releases Proposed Rulemaking on Next Generation 911

Oct 2 2011

The Federal Communications Commission, seeking to accelerate the development and deployment of Next Generation 911 (NG911) technology that will enable the public to send emergency communications to 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) via text, photos, videos, and data and enhance the information available to PSAPs and first responders for assessing and responding to emergencies, has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking September 26, 2011.  The FCC notes in their rulemaking: