Reminder of 1/1/2014 Apparatus Closed Captioning Compliance Deadline
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: December 23, 2013
Media Bureau Reminds Manufacturers of January 1, 2014 Deadline for Compliance with
Closed Captioning Requirements Adopted in 2012 IP Closed Captioning Order
MB Docket No. 11-154On January 13, 2012, the Commission released the IP Closed Captioning Order, which adopted
rules governing the closed captioning requirements for the owners, providers, and distributors of video
programming delivered using Internet protocol (“IP”).1 The IP Closed Captioning Order also adopted
rules governing the closed captioning capabilities of certain apparatus on which consumers view video
programming.2 These rules specify what apparatus are covered by the new requirements and how they
must implement closed captioning.3 The Commission established a compliance deadline of January 1,
2014 for covered apparatus.4 Accordingly, we remind manufacturers of this deadline, pursuant to which
the new requirements apply to apparatus manufactured on or after January 1, 2014.5
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Diana Sokolow, Policy Division,
Media Bureau, 202-418-2120.
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1 Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First
Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Report and Order, 27 FCC Rcd 787 (2012) (“IP
Closed Captioning Order”).
3 Id. at 838-860, ¶¶ 92-123.
4 Id. at 859, ¶ 122.
5 See Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First
Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, 28 FCC Rcd 8785, 8798, ¶ 23 (2013). Accordingly, the compliance deadline is not triggered
by the importation, shipment, or sale of apparatus manufactured before January 1, 2014. See id.
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