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Released: August 20, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13- 1785

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered
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Video Programming: Implementation of the
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MB Docket No. 11-154
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video
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Accessibility Act of 2010
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ORDER

Extended Comment Date: November 4, 2013
Extended Reply Comment Date: December 4, 2013

Adopted: August 20, 2013

Released: August 20, 2013

By the Chief, Media Bureau:
1.
On June 14, 2013, the Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
("FNPRM") in the above-captioned proceeding.1 The FNPRM set deadlines for filing comments and
reply comments at 60 and 90 days, respectively, after publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register.2
A summary of the FNPRM was published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2013.3 Accordingly, the
filing dates were established as September 3, 2013 for comments and September 30, 2013 for reply
comments. On August 14, 2013, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. ("TDI") et
al
. (collectively, "Consumer Groups")4 filed a request to extend the comment deadline by sixty (60) days
and to extend the reply comment deadline by thirty (30) days thereafter. Consumer Groups state that an
extension is warranted because it will give consumers and consumer electronics industry members time to
engage in a collaborative dialogue on the issues raised in the FNPRM before submitting comments and
reply comments,5 and it will enable Consumer Groups to retain pro bono counsel to file comments and
reply comments on their behalf.6 We grant the requested extension.


1 See Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First
Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
, MB Docket No. 11-154, Order on Reconsideration
and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 28 FCC Rcd 8785 (2013).
2 Id. at 8785.
3 Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR Part 79, Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video
Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010,
Proposed Rule, 78 FR 39691 (July 2, 2013).
4 In addition to TDI, Consumer Groups include National Association of the Deaf ("NAD"), Association of Late-
Deafened Adults ("ALDA"), Hearing Loss Association of America ("HLAA"), Cerebral Palsy and Deaf
Organization ("CPADO"), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network ("DHHCAN"), California
Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ("CCASDHH"), and Technology Access Program at
Gallaudet University ("TAP").
5 See id. at 3. As Consumer Groups explain, "[b]oth sets of issues raised in the FNPRM--(1) synchronization
requirements for apparatus covered by the Commission's . . . closed captioning rules and (2) closed captioning
requirements for DVD and Blu-ray players--primarily implicate the interests of consumers and the consumer
electronics industry. . . ." Id.
6 See id. at 4.

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DA 13- 1785

2.
As set forth in Section 1.46 of the Commission's rules,7 the Commission's policy is that
extensions of time for filing comments in rulemaking proceedings shall not be routinely granted. In the
instant case, however, we find that granting an extension of the comment and reply comment periods will
serve the public interest by allowing consumer and industry representatives additional time to engage in
collaborative consideration of the FNPRM issues and by facilitating the development of a more complete
record. Further, given that the Commission has temporarily extended the deadline for compliance with
the closed captioning rules for DVD and Blu-ray players and has not adopted apparatus synchronization
requirements, we find that the request for 60 additional days for filing comments, with 30 days thereafter
for filing reply comments, would not impose a burden on industry.
3.
Accordingly,

IT IS ORDERED

that, pursuant to Section 4(i) of the Communications Act
of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), and Sections 0.61, 0.283, and 1.46 of the Commission's rules,
47 C.F.R. 0.61, 0.283, and 1.46, the Motion for Extension of Time filed by Telecommunications for
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. et al.

IS GRANTED

, the deadline to file comments in this proceeding
is extended to November 4, 2013, and the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is extended
to December 4, 2013.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
William T. Lake
Chief, Media Bureau


7 47 C.F.R. 1.46(a).
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