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Released: December 20, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

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Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 13-2439
Released: December 20, 2013

Notice of Effective Date of New Accessible User Interfaces Rules and Announcement of

Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines for Related Further Notice of Proposed

Rulemaking


MB Docket Nos. 12-108, 12-107

FNPRM Comment Deadline: February 18, 2014

FNPRM Reply Comment Deadline: March 20, 2014

On October 31, 2013, the Commission released the User Interfaces Order, which adopted rules
requiring the accessibility of user interfaces on digital apparatus and navigation devices used to view
video programming to enable individuals with disabilities to more easily access such programming.1
Those rules become effective 30 days after publication of the order in the Federal Register, except for the
rules that require approval by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”).2 The Federal Register
published a summary of the final rules adopted in the User Interfaces Order on December 20, 2013.3
Accordingly, the rules adopted in the User Interfaces Order will take effect on January 21, 2014,
except for the rules that require OMB approval. The information collection requirements contained in the
rules that require OMB approval are subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law
No. 104-13. The information collection will be submitted to OMB for review under 47 U.S.C. § 3507(d),
and will not take effect until it is approved by OMB.
In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) adopted with the order, the
Commission seeks comment on additional issues related to implementation of the accessible user
interfaces requirements in Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video
Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) and the emergency information apparatus requirements in Section
203 of the CVAA. The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 60 and 90


1Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus; Accessible Emergency Information,
and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-
First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
, MB Docket Nos. 12-108, 12-107, Report and
Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 13-138 (rel. Oct. 31, 2013) (“User Interfaces Order”).
2 See id. at 94, ¶ 163. The rules that require OMB approval are Sections 79.107(c), 79.108(a)(5), 79.108(c)-(e), and
79.110, which will become effective upon announcement in the Federal Register of OMB approval. We will issue a
subsequent public notice announcing the effective date of those rules.
3 Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR Part 79, Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming
Guides and Menus, Final Rule, 78 FR 77210 (Dec. 20, 2013).

days, respectively, after publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register.4 The summary of the FNPRM
was published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2013.5 Thus, comments must be submitted no
later than February 18, 2014. Reply Comments must be submitted no later than March 20, 2014.
Commenters should follow the filing instructions provided in paragraph 159 of the FNPRM.6 The
FNPRM is also available on the Commission’s website.7
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Adam Copeland or Maria Mullarkey,
Policy Division, Media Bureau, 202-418-2120.
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4 See User Interfaces Order at 1.
5 Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR Part 79, Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming
Guides and Menus; Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information
and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
of 2010, Proposed Rule, 78 FR 77074 (Dec. 20, 2013).
6 See User Interfaces Order at 93, ¶ 159.
7 See http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-13-138A1.docx (Word),
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-13-138A1.pdf (Acrobat).
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