MEMBERSHIP IN TWO DISABILITY-FOCUSED ADVISORY COMMITTEES ANNOUNCED; TRANSCRIPT OF NOVEMBER 30 PRESENTATION ON IMPLEMENTATION OF ACCESSIBILITY ACT AVAILABLE ONLINE
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December 7, 2010 Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0511
MEMBERSHIP IN TWO DISABILITY-FOCUSED ADVISORY COMMITTEES
ANNOUNCED; TRANSCRIPT OF NOVEMBER 30 PRESENTATION ON
IMPLEMENTATION OF ACCESSIBILITY ACT AVAILABLE ONLINE
Washington, DC -- At the November 30 Commission Meeting, FCC staff outlined the
requirements of the newly-enacted 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
(Accessibility Act) and discussed plans to implement the Act over the next few years. The
transcript of this presentation, including the PowerPoint, is now available on the Commission's
website at: http://reboot.fcc.gov/open-meetings/2010/november
Two of the first items in the new legislation to be implemented have been announced today in
Public Notices: the establishment of two advisory committees and the selection of their
members by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
The first committee is the Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC), which will focus on
the most effective and efficient technologies and methods by which to enable access next
generation 911 access for persons with disabilities. The Accessibility Act directs that within one
year after the EAAC's members are appointed, it will conduct a national survey, with the input
of groups represented by the Committee's membership, and then submit to the Commission
recommendations to implement technologies and methods to achieve its goals. The first
meeting of the EAAC will be Friday, January 14, 2011, at the Commission's headquarters.
The second committee is the Video Programming and Emergency Access Advisory Committee
(VPEAAC), which will focus on matters pertaining to the accessibility of video programming. .
The VPEAAC will develop recommendations on closed captioning of Internet programming
previously captioned on television; the compatibility between video programming delivered
using Internet protocol and devices capable of receiving and displaying such programming in
order to facilitate access to captioning, video description and emergency information; video
description and accessible emergency information on television programming delivered using
Internet protocol or digital broadcast television; accessible user interfaces on video programming
devices; and accessible programming guides and menus. Within 6 months of its first meeting,
the VPEAAC must submit recommendations concerning the provision of closed captions for
Internet-delivered video programming and the ability of video devices to pass through closed
captions contained on Internet-based video programming. By April 8, 2012, it must submit
recommendations on the remaining issues. The first meeting of the VPEAAC is scheduled for
January 13, 2011, at the Commission's headquarters.
All EAAC meetings and VPEAAC meetings will be open to the public.
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