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VPAAC Announcement of February 9, 2012 Meeting

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Released: January 6, 2012


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Released: January 6, 2012



Washington, D.C. – On December 7, 2010, Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the
establishment of the Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC), an advisory
committee required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
(CVAA).1 The next meeting of the VPAAC will be on February 9, 2012. The committee will meet from
9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at FCC Headquarters located at 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.
The meeting will be open to the public and will be webcast live at


The purpose of the VPAAC is to develop recommendations on closed captioning of Internet
programming previously captioned on television;2 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;3 video description
and accessible emergency information on television programming delivered using Internet protocols or
digital broadcast television;4 accessible user interfaces on video programming devices;5 and accessible
programming guides and menus.
Open captioning and sign language interpreters will be provided. Other reasonable
accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. To request an accommodation,
please include a description of the accommodation needed and how to contact you if we need more
information. It is imperative that accommodation requests are made as early as possible. Last minute
requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill. To request an accommodation, please e-mail or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-
418-0432 (TTY).
For further information or questions regarding VPAAC, please contact Mikelle Morra, 202-418-
7151, or Solita Griffis, 202-418-1564,
- FCC -

1 Pub. L. No 111-260.
2 Section 201 (e) of the Accessibility Act generally lays out the directives for the VPAAC.
3 Pub. L. 111-260, §§ 201(e)(1)(E); 201(e)(2)(E).
4 Id. at § 201(e)(2)(B),(C).
5 Id. at § 201(e)(2)(F),(G).

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