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STATEMENT OF

COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL

Re: Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming:

Implementation of the

Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010; Closed Captioning of

Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Clips, MB Docket 11-154

The future of watching video does not look like the past. Bulky television sets encased in

walnut cabinets are no more. But even slim models with flat-screens mounted on the wall are no

longer the only game in town. Because we live in a world where screens surround us,

multiplying opportunities for viewing—anytime, anywhere.

In short, television is changing fast. As the ways we watch expand, the Commission

must update its policies under the law. Here we do just that. Specifically, we modernize our

rules regarding the closed captioning of Internet Protocol-delivered programming, pursuant to

the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. In particular, we

update our policies regarding what are known as IP video clips.

This is a righteous nod to changes in how we watch. After all, the future of video

involves a lot more than gathering around a television screen for programs of uniform 30- or 60-

minute length. Those programs now get sliced and diced into abbreviated bits and pieces. The

excerpts, or IP video clips, that emerge get posted online and widely viewed. It makes sense that

closed captioning obligations follow. That means more video programming online will be

accessible to more people who are deaf or hard of hearing. That includes the 36 million

Americans who today are deaf or have hearing loss—and the 40 million Americans over the age

of 65 who experience varying degrees of hearing loss at some point in their lives. So our actions

have my full support.

At the same time, I appreciate that compliance with our new rules will take work. The

law, however, charges this Commission to be more than just a steward of the status quo. So I

believe we can move forward, make progress, meet deadlines, and get this done.

Finally, a special thank you to Chairman Wheeler, who has made improving closed

captioning a high priority. Moreover, he has carried through on a promise he made to me on this

dais just a few months ago when he said would be the second vote for updating our captioning

policies regarding video clips. I am grateful for his interest and the speed with which he has led

the charge for change.

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