Request for Exemption from Commission's Closed Captioning Rules
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 9, 2012
REQUEST FOR COMMENT
REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION’S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES
CG Docket No. 06-181Several entities have filed petitions for exemption from the closed captioning requirements, pursuant to
Section 79.1 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 79.1, for the television programs they produce.1
Petitioners claim that compliance would impose an “undue economic burden,” as defined in Section 79.1(f) of
the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f).2
Comments and oppositions are due within 30 days from the date of this public notice. The case identifier
must be placed on all filings. Comments and oppositions sent via e-mail to the Commission will be
considered informal and are not part of the official record.
An original and two (2) copies of all comments, oppositions, and replies must be filed with the Commission.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, commercial overnight courier, or by first class or
overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal
Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission, Attn: CGB Room 3-B431.
1 The names of the Petitioners are set forth in Attachment A.
2 Prior to the enactment of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, Pub. L. No. 111-260,
124 Stat. 2751 (2010), (CVAA) in October 2010, petitioners seeking individual exemptions from the closed captioning
requirements sought “undue burden” exemptions. Although the CVAA replaced the “undue burden” terminology with
the term “economically burdensome,” (47 U.S.C. § 613(d) as amended by Sec. 202(c) of the CVAA), in light of the
CVAA’s legislative history, the Commission adopted an Interim Order continuing to use the undue burden factors
contained in Section 713(e) of the Act in evaluating petitions for individual captioning waivers. For a fuller discussion
of this and related issues, see Anglers for Christ Ministries, Inc., Memorandum Opinion and Order, Order, and Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, CG Docket Nos. 06-181 and 11-175, 26 FCC Rcd 14941 at 14960, ¶36 (2011)(“Anglers Reversal
MO&O”), which can be found at http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/caption.html. Accordingly, this proceeding will use
the “economically burdensome” terminology and the four undue burden factors contained in section 713(e) in evaluating
* Hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings must be delivered to: Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 445 12th Street, SW, Room
TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All
hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be
disposed of before entering the building.
* Commercial overnight courier mail (other than U.S. Postal Service, Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to: Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Attention:
Disability Rights Office, Room 3-B431, 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
* U.S. Postal Service mail (including first-class, Express, and Priority Mail) should be addressed to:
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Attention: Disability Rights Office,
Room 3-B431, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.
All comments and oppositions must be served on the petitioner. In addition, comments and oppositions
filed must indicate that they have been served on the petitioner.
comment deadline. Electronic filing is not available at this time. In addition, replies to comments or
oppositions shall be served on the commenting or opposing party and shall include a certification that the
commenter was served with a copy.
All comments, oppositions, and replies must contain a detailed, full showing, supported by affidavit or signed
under penalty of perjury, of any facts or considerations relied on.
The petitions, comments, oppositions and replies will be available for public inspection in the Commission’s
Reference Information Center:
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
The petitions, public notice, and decisions (when issued) can also be found at
To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files,
audio format), send an e-mail to email@example.com or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at
202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY). This Public Notice can also be downloaded in Word and
Portable Document Format at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/economically-burdensome-exemption-closed-
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Contact: Roger Holberg (202) 418-2134 (voice); e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or Traci Randolph (202) 418-0569 (voice), (202) 418-0537 (TTY); e-mail
CGB-CC-0103Christian Fellowship Church / The
P.O. Box 530158
Harlingen, TX 78553
CGB-CC-0235Christian Video Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 1466
San Antonio, TX 78295
CGB-CC-0406Victory Temple / The World We
2630 South 11th Street
Beaumont, TX 77701-7604
CGB-CC-0454Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
P.O. Box 1700
Ashland, KY 41105-1700
CGB-CC-1027Pan American Broadcasting / The
7011 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 250
Jimmy Surgener Program
Pleasanton, CA 94566-3253
CGB-CC-1163Bay Shore Community Church
36759 Millsboro Hwy
Millsboro, DE 19966-9440
CGB-CC-1176Message For Today
P.O. Box 10253
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410
CGB-CC-1220Trailblazers International Christian
2624 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite E
Center / Tipping Point
Baltimore, MD 21244
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