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Released: July 2, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

445 12th St., S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 14-963

Released: July 2, 2014

NOTICE OF DISMISSALS OF CLOSED CAPTIONING EXEMPTION PETITIONS AND

OBLIGATION TO BEGIN PROVIDING CLOSED CAPTIONING

CG Docket No. 06-181

By this Notice, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Consumer

and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) announces the dismissal of the petitions for exemption from

the Commission’s closed captioning requirements listed herein.1

The Commission’s closed captioning rules allow video programming providers, producers, or

owners to obtain an exemption from the closed captioning requirements if they demonstrate that

providing captions on their programming would be “economically burdensome.”2 On various dates, the

petitioners listed in the Appendix filed petitions for closed captioning exemptions under these rules.

The

Bureau then placed each of these petitions on public notice. After reviewing the comments received in

response to these petitions, the Bureau determined that it required additional and updated information to

evaluate whether the programming at issue should be exempted from the FCC’s closed captioning

requirements because captioning such programming would impose an economic burden on the

petitioners. The Bureau sent letters to these petitioners requesting this supplemental information within

30 days of the date of each letter. In these letters, the Bureau advised these petitioners that failure to

provide all of the updated information and documentation requested would result in dismissal of their

petitions for failure to support their exemption requests with adequate explanation and evidence.

The

Bureau further advised petitioners that, in the event of such dismissal, petitioners would be required to

begin providing closed captioning on the programming at issue within 90 days of the date of the Bureau’s

notification of dismissal.

The petitioners listed in the Appendix to this Notice responded to the Bureau’s request for

supplemental information, but failed to provide in full the requested supplemental information.

Accordingly, the petitions listed in the Appendix are dismissed without prejudice as of July 2, 2014, the

release date of this Notice.3 This Notice also reminds these petitioners of their obligations to comply with

the FCC’s closed captioning requirements contained in Part 79 of the Commission’s rules with regard to

the programming that was the subject of their petitions by September 30, 2014, which is 90 days after the

release of this Notice of dismissal.

1 47 C.F.R. § 79.1. The names of the petitioners are set forth in the Appendix to this Notice.

2 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f).

3 The release of this Notice serves as the Bureau’s notification of dismissal to these petitioners. The Bureau will also

mail a copy of this Notice to each of the petitioners listed in the Appendix, with a description of the supplemental

information that each individual petitioner did not provide to the Commission.

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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 and Governmental

Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice) or 202-418-0432 (TTY). This Public Notice can also be down-

loaded in Word and Portable Document Format at:

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/economicallyburdensome-exemption-closed-captioning-requirements.

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Contacts: E. Elaine Gardner, 202-418-0581,

Elaine.Gardner@fcc.gov; or Suzy Rosen Singleton, 202-510-9446, Suzanne.Singleton@fcc.gov.

-FCC-

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APPENDIX

Petitions for Closed Captioning Exemptions Dismissed

July 2, 2014

Case Identifier

Petitioner

Program Name

Mailing Address

CGB-CC-

0572

The Justice

“Faces of Abortion”

The Justice Foundation

Foundation

Attn: Allan E. Parker, Jr., President

7210 Louis Pasteur Drive, Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78229

6897

Healing Miracles

“Seeking the Lost”

Healing Miracles TV Ministry

TV Ministry

Attn: Joan Amabile

P.O. Box 795

Cornelius, NC 28031

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