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Released: May 29, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

445 12th St., S.W.

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 13-1240
Released: May 29, 2013

Notice of Effective Date of New Emergency Information Rules and Emergency

Information/Video Description Apparatus Rules and Announcement of Comment and

Reply Comment Deadlines for Related Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

MB Docket Nos. 12-107, 11-43

FNPRM Comment Deadline: July 23, 2013

FNPRM Reply Comment Deadline: August 22, 2013

On April 9, 2013, the Commission released the Emergency Information/Video Description Order,
which adopted rules requiring that emergency information provided in video programming be made
accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and that certain apparatus be capable of
delivering video description and emergency information to those individuals.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 Emergency Information/Video Description Order on May 24,
2013.3
Accordingly, the rules adopted in the Emergency Information/Video Description Order will take
effect on June 24, 2013, 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.

1Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video
Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010;
Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of
2010
, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 28 FCC Rcd 4871 (2013) (“Emergency
Information/Video Description Order
”).
2 See id. at 4932, ¶ 97. The rules that require OMB approval are Sections 79.105(a), 79.105(b)(3), and 79.105(b)(4),
and revised Section 79.2(c), 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, 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, Final Rule, 78 FR 31770 (May 24, 2013).

In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) adopted with the order, the
Commission seeks comment on additional issues related to implementation of the emergency information
requirements and the video description and emergency information apparatus requirements of the
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”). The
Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 60 and 90 days, respectively, after
publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register.4 The summary of the FNPRM was published in the
Federal Register on May 24, 2013.5 Thus, comments must be submitted no later than July 23, 2013.
Reply Comments must be submitted no later than August 22, 2013. Commenters should follow the filing
instructions provided in paragraph 93 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 Diana Sokolow or Maria Mullarkey,
Policy Division, Media Bureau, 202-418-2120.
-FCC-

4 See Emergency Information/Video Description Order at 4871.
5 Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR Part 79, 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 31800 (May 24, 2013).
6 See Emergency Information/Video Description Order at 4931, ¶ 93.
7 See http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-13-45A1.docx (Word),
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-13-45A1_Rcd.pdf (Acrobat).
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