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9-25-13
Reminder Regarding Video Programming Distributors' Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and/or Blind or Visually Impaired. DA 13-1983.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

4-9-13
Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Adopted rules requiring that emergency information provided in video programming be made accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and that certain apparatus be capable of delivering video description and emergency information. (Dkt No. 11-43 12-107 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 04/08/2013 by R&O/NPRM. (FCC No. 13-45). MB
Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Word || PDF
Commissioner Clyburn Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Rosenworcel Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Ajit Pai Statement: Word || PDF

11-28-12
Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Accessible Emergency Information and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description. DA 12-1908. Docket No. 12-107.
Comments Due: December 18, 2012. Reply Comments Due: December 28, 2012.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

11-19-12
In the Matter of Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Seeks comment on implementing provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 pertaining to accessible emergency information, and apparatus requirements for emergency information and video description. Docket No. 12-107. FCC 12-142.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Word || PDF

8-28-12
Reminder Regarding Video Programming Distributors' Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons with Hearing or Visual Disabilities. DA 12-1408.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

3-16-12
Enforcement Bureau Granted in part and dismissed as moot in part, Channel 51 of San Diego, Inc.'s Application for Review. DA 12-237.
Order: Word || PDF

6-17-11
Reminder Regarding Video Programming Distributors’ Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons with Hearing or Vision Disabilities. DA 11-1070.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-22-10
Reminder Regarding Video Programming Distributors' Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons with Hearing or Vision Disabilities. (DA 10-1107)
Public Notice: Word | PDF

9-3-09
Reminder Regarding Video Programming Distributors Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons with Hearing or Vision Disabilities.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

09-17-08
Channel 51 of San Diego, Inc., Licensee of KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA. Issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of $25,000 against Channel 51 of San Diego, Inc. for failure in a timely manner to make accessible to persons with hearing disabilities emergency information that it provided aurally.
Forfeiture Order DA No. 08-2107: Word || PDF

03-07-07
Midwest Television, Inc. (Licensee of KFMB-TV). Adopted a Consent Decree in this proceeding. Cancelled the Notice of Apparent Liability. (DA 07-965)
Order: Word || PDF

03-07-07
Order adopting Consent Decree entered into between the Enforcement Bureau, Waterman Broadcasting Corp. of Florida, Inc. ("Waterman") and Montclair Communications, Inc. ("Montclair"). The Consent Decree terminates an investigation initiated by the Enforcement Bureau regarding whether the Stations violated section 713 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the "Act"), and section 79.2(b)(1)(i) of the Commission's rules by failing to make accessible to persons with hearing disabilities emergency information that it provided aurally in its programming for WBBH-TV and WZVN-TV during Hurricane Charley, in the Fort Myers-Naples Designated Market Area during August of 2004.
Order adopting Consent Decree: Word || PDF

02-05-07
Order adopting Consent Decree entered into between the Enforcement Bureau, and Fort Myers Broadcasting Company. The Consent Decree terminates an investigation initiated by the Enforcement Bureau regarding whether FMBC violated section 713 of the Communications Act of 1934, and section 79.2(b)(1)(i) of the Commission's rules by failing to make accessible to persons with hearing disabilities emergency information that it provided aurally in its programming for WINK-TV during Hurricane Charley, in the Fort Myers-Naples Designated Market Area on August 13, 2004.
Order adopting Consent Decree: Word || PDF
Erratum: Word || PDF

12-29-06
Obligation of Video Programming Distributors to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons With Hearing Disabilities Using Closed Captioning.(DA 06-2627)
Public Notice: Word || PDF

11-17-06
Fox Television Stations, Inc. Adopted Consent Decree entered into between the Enforcement Bureau and Fox Television Stations, Inc. regarding making emergency information accessible to persons with hearing disabilities.
Order: Word || PDF

08-07-06
Clarification of Obligation of Video Programming Distributors to make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons with Hearing Disabilities Using Closed Captioning. (DA 06-1600)
Public Notice: Word || PDF

07-20-06
Public Notice reminding video programming distributors - including broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television services - of their obligation to make emergency information accessible to persons with hearing and vision disabilities. (DA 06-1483)
Public Notice: Word || PDF

02-22-06
NBC Telemundo License Co., Licensee of WRC-TV, Washington, DC. Adopted a Consent Decree Between the Enforcement Bureau and NBC Telemundo License Co. by Consent Decree. (DA 06-358)
Order: Word || PDF

09-09-05
Reminder to Video Programming Distributors of Need to Make Emergency Information Regarding Hurricane Katrina Evacuation and Relief Efforts Accessible to Persons with Hearing or Vision Disabilities. (DA 05-2438)
Public Notice DA 05-2338: Word || PDF

08-09-05
Proposed Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALF) in the amount of $24,000 against Waterman Broadcasting Corp. and Montclair Communications, Inc. for failure to make emergency information accessible to persons with hearing disabilities. Action by: Acting Chief, Enforcement Bureau. Adopted: 8-8-2005 by NALF. (DA No. 05-2258)
[ NALF DA 05-2258 in Word || NALF DA 05-2258 in PDF ]

05-27-05
Proposed Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALF) in the amount of $8,000 against ACC Licensee, Inc., licensee of WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C., regarding making emergency information accessible to persons with hearing disabilities (Closed Captioning Rules). (DA 05-1511)
[ NALF DA 05-1511 in Word || Order DA 05-1511 in PDF ]

Proposed Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALF) in the amount of $16,000 against NBC Telemundo License Co., licensee of WRC-TV, Washington, D.C., regarding making emergency information accessible to persons with hearing disabilities (Closed Captioning Rules). (DA 05-1512)
[ NALF DA 05-1512 in Word || Order DA 05-1512 in PDF ]

Proposed Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALF) in the amount of $16,000 against FOX Television Stations, Inc., licensee of WTTG-TV, Washington, D.C., regarding making emergency information accessible to persons with hearing disabilities (Closed Captioning Rules). (DA 05-1513)
[ NALF DA 05-1513 in Word || Order DA 05-1513 in PDF ]

03-17-05
Reminder to Video Programming Distributors of Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons With Hearing or Vision Disabilities.
[ Public Notice DA 05-688 in Word || Public Notice DA 05-688 in PDF ]

02-23-05
Statement of Chairman Powell on Three Proposed Forfeitures For Violation of Commission Closed Captioning Rules. [ Word || PDF ]
[ Midwest Television, Inc. (NAL/Acct. No. 200532170006) in Word || Midwest Television, Inc. (NAL/Acct. No. 200532170006) in PDF ]
[ Channel 51 of San Diego, Inc. (NAL/Acct. No. 200532170007) in Word || Channel 51 of San Diego, Inc. (NAL/Acct. No. 200532170007) in PDF ]
[ McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, Inc. (NAL/Acct. No. 200532170008) in Word || McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, Inc. (NAL/Acct. No. 200532170008) in PDF ]

Updated: September 26, 2013
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