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Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act was passed by Congress to update our nation’s telecommunications protections for people with disabilities. The CVAA follows a string of laws, passed in the 1980s and 1990s that were designed to ensure that telephone and television services would be accessible to all Americans with disabilities. But these laws were not able to keep up with the fast paced technological changes that our society has witnessed over the past decade. The new law contains groundbreaking protections to enable people with disabilities to access broadband, digital and mobile innovations -- the emerging 21st century technologies for which the act is named.

There are approximately 36 million Americans with hearing loss and 25 million with a significant vision loss. In 2009, a study conducted by the FCC revealed that people with disabilities are less likely to use Internet-based communications technologies: 65 percent of Americans have broadband at home, but only 42 percent of Americans with disabilities have these services. This gap is due in part to physical barriers that people with disabilities confront in using the Internet. It is for this reason that the National Broadband Plan, adopted by the Commission in March 2010, recommended that Congress and the FCC should modernize accessibility laws to keep pace with broadband technologies.

The CVAA is divided into two broad titles or sections. Title I addresses communications access to make products and services using Broadband fully accessible to people with disabilities. For example, smart phones will be required to be usable by blind and visually impaired people as well as people with hearing aids. Title II of the accessibility act breaks new ground to make it easier for people with disabilities to view video programming on television and the Internet. For example, programs shown on television with captioning will be required to include the captioning when they are re-shown on the Internet. Both titles include provisions to ensure that people with disabilities have access to emergency information such as the next generation of 911 services and emergency information on the television.

Releases:

11-21-14 Request for Updated Information and Comment on Wireless Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations. (WT Docket Nos. 10-254 and 07-250) (DA 14-1688).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

11-6-14 FCC Invites Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in the State of Utah. (DA 14-1616).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-8-14 Implementation of Sections 716 And 717 of the Communications Act of 1934, as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Action by: The Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Adopted 10/8/14 by Order. (CG Docket No. 10-213) (DA 14-1470).
Report: Word || PDF

10-3-14 Commission Announces Entity Selected for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for Michigan. (DA 14-1445).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

9-26-14 Request for Comment on Petition for Extension of Class Waiver of Commission's Rules for Access to Advanced Communications Services and Equipment by People with Disabilities. (CG Docket No. 10-213) (DA 14-1403).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

9-17-14 FCC Invites Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in the State of Michigan. (DA 14-1348).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-28-14 Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on its Tentative Findings about the Accessibility of Communications Technologies for the 2014 Biennial Report under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
(CG Docket No. 10-213) (DA 14-1255).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-20-14 Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section 105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals. Action by: The Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Adopted 8/20/14 by Order. (CG Docket No. 10-210) (DA 14-1211).
Order: Word || PDF

8-6-14 Notice of Effective Date of Rules Governing Closed Captioning of IP-Delivered Video Clips. (MB Docket No. 11-154) (DA 14-1141).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-1-14 Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. (CG Docket No. 10-210) (DA 14-1128).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-1-14 Commission Announces Entity Selected for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for Iowa. (DA 14-1123).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-16-14 Commission Announces Entities Selected for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for Indiana and Minnesota.
(DA 14-1010).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-14-14 FCC Moves to Ensure Online Video Clips are Accessible to Americans Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. (MB Docket No. 11-154). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 7/11/2014 by Second Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (FCC No. 14-97).
News Release: Word || PDF
Second Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Word || PDF
Chairman Wheeler Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Clyburn Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Rosenworcel Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Pai Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner O'Rielly Statement: Word || PDF

7-3-14 FCC Invites Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in the State of Iowa. (DA 14-964).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-1-14 Bureau Announces 2014-2015 State Allocations for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. (DA 14-947).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-30-14 Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Action by: Media Bureau. Adopted: 6/30/2014 by Report. (MB Docket No. 11-43) (DA 14-945).
Report: Word || PDF

6-19-14 FCC Extends Deadline for Comment on the Accessibility of Communications Technologies for the 2014 Biennial Report Required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
(CG Docket No. 10-213) (DA 14-847).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-17-14 Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on the Accessibility of Communications Technologies for the 2014 Biennial Report Required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
(CG Docket No. 10-213) (DA 14-828).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-4-14 FCC Invites Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in the States of Indiana and Minnesota. (DA 14-775).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-2-14 Commission Announces Entities Selected for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for Vermont and Nebraska.
(DA 14-760).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

5-2-14 FCC Extends Deadline for Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for the State of Nebraska.
(DA 14-608).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

4-22-14 FCC Invites Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in the States of Vermont and Nebraska. (DA 14-524).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

3-14-14 Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance and Contact Information Reporting Requirements for Entities Subject to Sections 255, 716, and 718 of the Communications Act. (DA 14-354).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

2-7-14 Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section 105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals; Order Extending NDBEDP Pilot Program to June 30, 2015.
Adopted 2/7/14 by Order (CG Docket No. 10-210) (DA 14-170).
Order: Word || PDF

2-6-14 Pleading Cycle Established for Oppositions and Replies to the Petition for Reconsideration of the User Interfaces Order.
(MB Docket Nos. 12-107 and 12-108) (DA 14-159).
Public Notice announcing the deadline for oppositions and replies: Word || PDF
Public Notice announcing the filing of the Petition for Reconsideration: Word || PDF

1-28-14 Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers' Petition for Class Waiver of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act and Part 14 of the Commission's Rules Requiring Access to Advance Communications Services (ACS) and Equipment by People with Disabilities. Adopted 1/28/14 by Order (CG Docket No. 10-213) (DA 14-95).
Order:: Word || PDF

12-20-13 Notice of Effective Date of New Accessible User Interfaces Rules and Announcement of Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines for Related Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (MB Docket Nos. 12-108 and 12-107) (DA 13-2439).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

12-19-13 Commission Announces Entity Selected for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for Mississippi. (DA 13-2432).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

12-13-13 Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Application of the IP Closed Captioning Rules to Video Clips.
(MB Docket No. 11-154) (DA 13-2392).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

11-13-13 New Procedures for Telecommunications and Advanced Communications Accessibility Complaints. (DA 13-2177).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-31-13 Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 10/29/13 by R&O/FNPRM. (MB Docket Nos. 12-108 and 12-107) (FCC 13-138).
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulmaking: Word || PDF
Acting Chairwoman Clyburn Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Rosenworcel Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Pai Statement: Word || PDF

10-30-13 FCC Invites Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in the State of Mississippi. (CG Docket No. 10-210) (DA 13-2097).
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-22-13 Implementation of Section 716 and 717 of the Communications Act of 1934, as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010/Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers Petition for Class Waiver, Et. al.
(CG Docket No. 10-213) (DA No. 13-2039).
Order: Word || PDF

8-20-13 Comment deadline extended for Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking comment on closed captioning issues. MB Docket No. 11-154. DA 13-1785.
Order extending comment period: Word || PDF

8-1-13 Request for Comment Petition for Class Waiver of Commission's Rules for Access to Advanced Communications Services and Equipment by People with Disabilities. CG Docket No. 10-213. DA 13-1686.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-16-13 Commission Announces Entity Selected for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for Nevada. DA 13-1583.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-1-13 Bureau Announces 2013-2014 State Allocations for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. DA 13-1488.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-25-13 Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Video Description in Video Programming Distributed on Television and on the Internet. MB Docket No. 11-43. DA 13-1438.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-18-13 Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines for the NPRM Regarding Accessibility of User Interfaces and Video Programming Guides/Menus and Establishes Schedule for Ex Parte Meetings. MB Docket No. 12-108. DA 13-1398.
Dates Set Aside for Ex Parte Meetings with Bureaus: 07/22-24/2013
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-14-13 Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). Order addressing petitions for reconsideration of closed captioning requirements for equipment and for IP-delivered video programming. Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking comment on related closed captioning issues. MB Docket No. 11-154. FCC 13-84.
Order on Reconsideration and FNPRM: Word || PDF
Commissioner Ajit Pai Statement: Word || PDF

5-30-13 Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus. FCC seeks comment on implementation of Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). MB Docket No. 12-108. FCC 13-77.
NPRM: Word || PDF
Commissioner Ajit Pai Statement: Word || PDF

5-17-13 FCC Adopts Rules to Help Inform and Protect Consumers During the Transition to Text-to-911.
News Release: Word || PDF
R&O: Word || PDF

5-8-13 FCC Invites Applications for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program in the State of Nevada. DA 13-107.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

4-29-13 Implementation of Section 718 of the Communications Act of 1934, as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Implemented Section 718 and part of section 716 of the Communications Act to ensure that people with disabilities have access to emerging and innovative advanced communications technologies. (Dkt No. 10-213 96-198 10-145 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 04/26/2013 by R&O. (FCC No. 13-57).
Second Report and Order: 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

1-29-13 Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance and Contact Information Reporting Requirements for Entities Subject to Sections 255, 716, and 718 of the Communications Act. DA 13-114.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

12-21-12 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of January 11, 2013 Meeting. Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 12-2071.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

12-7-12 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. DA 12-1985. Docket Number 12-107.
Order: 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.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

11-27-12 Comment Deadline Extended for Public Notice Seeking Updated Information and Comment on Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations. DA 12-1898. Docket Number 10-254.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

11-20-12 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of December 14, 2012 Meeting. Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 12-1875.
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

11-1-12 Updated Information and Comment Sought on Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations. WT Docket No. 10-254. DA 12-1745.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-25-12 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of November 9, 2012 Meeting. Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 12-1721.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-15-12 In the Matter of Implementation of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act of 1934, as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010; Petitions for Class Waivers of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act and Part 14 of the Commission's Rules Requiring Access to Advanced Communications Services (ACS) and Equipment by People with Disabilities, CG Docket 10-213. Granted class waivers of Advanced Communications Services (ACS) rules until October 8, 2015 for Internet protocol-enabled television sets, Internet-enabled digital video players, cable set-top boxes, and gaming consoles, services and software. DA 12-1645.
Order: Word || PDF

10-05-12 Biennial Report to Congress as Required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. CG Docket No. 10-213. DA 12-1602.
Report to Congress: Word || PDF

10-3-12 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of October 12, 2012 Meeting. Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 12-1580.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-23-12 Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on its Tentative Findings about the Accessibility of Communications Technologies for the First Biennial Report Under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. DA 12-1391. Docket No. 10-213. Pleading cycle established. Comments Due: September 6, 2012.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-22-12 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of September 14, 2012 Meeting. Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 12-1372.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-17-12 In the Matter of Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010; Petitions for Temporary Partial Exemption or Limited Waiver filed by the Digital Media Association (DiMA). MB Docket No. 11-154. DA 12-1354.
Memorandum Opinion and Order: Word || PDF

7-20-12 Interpretation of Economically Burdensome Standard; Amendment of Section 79.1(f) of the Commission's Rules; Video Programming Accessibility. The FCC determined that the four factors contained in section 713(e) of the Communications Act will continue to apply when evaluating individual requests for captioning exemptions under section 713(d)(3) and the corresponding rules. FCC 12-83. CG Docket No. 11-175.
Report and Order: Word || PDF

7-12-12 Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on the Accessibility of Communications Technologies for the First Biennial Report Under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. CG Docket No. 10-213. DA 12-1125.
Comment Date: July 25, 2012.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-2-12 Commission Announces Entities Certified to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. DA 12-1050.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-2-12 Commission Announces Launch of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. DA 12-1051.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-2-12 FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Expanding Access to Twenty-First Century Communications Technologies.
News Release: Word || PDF

7-2-12 FCC's Video Description Rules for Certain Broadcast Stations and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) Are Now in Effect.
News Release: Word || PDF

6-21-12 Request for Comment Petition for Class Waiver of Commission's Rules for Access to Advanced Communications Services and Equipment by People with Disabilities. DA 12-984. CG Docket Number 10-213.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

6-8-12 Perkins School for the Blind to Conduct National Outreach for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. DA 12-910. CG Docket Number 10-210.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

5-31-12 Pleading Cycle Established for Oppositions and Replies to Oppositions to Petitions For Reconsideration of the IP Closed Captioning Order. MB Docket No. 11-154. Report No. 2951. DA 12-862
Public Notice: Word || PDF

5-17-12 Petitions for Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking Proceeding. In the Matter of Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. MB Docket No. 11-154. Report No. 2951.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

5-16-12 Media Bureau Action; Comment dates established for two petitions for temporary partial exemption or limited waiver of certain provisions of 47 C.F.R. § 79.4(c)(2)(i). MB Docket Number 11-154. DA 12-775.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

5-15-12 Request for Comment; Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Petition for Class Waiver of Commission's Rules for Access to Advanced Communications Services and Equipment by People with Disabilities. DA 12-760. CG Docket 10-213.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

5-15-12 Request for Comment; Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Petition for Class Waiver of Commission's Rules for Access to Advanced Communications Services and Equipment by People with Disabilities. DA 12-759. CG Docket 10-213.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

4-30-12 Media Bureau and Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau seek comment on second VPAAC report: Video Description and Access to Emergency Information; User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus. Extended the deadlines for filing comments and reply comments in these proceedings. Docket Numbers 12-108 and 12-107. DA 12-682.
Order: Word || PDF

4-24-12 Media Bureau and Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau seek comment on second VPAAC report: User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus. DA 12-635. Docket No. 12-108.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

4-24-12 Media Bureau and Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau seek comment on second VPAAC report: Video Description and Access to Emergency Information. DA 12-636. Docket No. 12-107.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

3-20-12 In the Matter of Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section 105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals. Conditionally waived Section 64.610(f)(2) of the Commission's rules to the extent it only permits entities that are certified to participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to submit claims for reimbursement every six months. Docket No. 10-210. DA 12-430.
Order: Word || PDF

3-14-12 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of March 30, 2012 Meeting. Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 12-406.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

3-9-12 Further Details Provided Re: The FCC's Emergency Access Advisory Committee Sponsoring of an Exhibition Fair of "Text-to-911" Technologies and Applications that will be held on March 28 and 29, 2012. DA 12-379.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

2-23-12 The Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Access Advisory Committee to Sponsor an Exhibition Fair of "Text-to-911" Technologies and Applications March 28 and 29, 2012. DA 12-266.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

1-26-12 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of February 10, 2012 Meeting. Committee Focusing on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 12-93.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

1-13-12 Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Adopted rules governing the closed captioning requirements for the owners, providers, and distributors of video programming delivered using IP, and governing the closed captioning capabilities of certain apparatus on which consumers view video programming. MB Docket No. 11-154. FCC 12-9.
Report & Order: Word || PDF
McDowell Statement: Word || PDF
Clyburn Statement: Word || PDF
Erratum: Word || PDF

1-6-12 Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) Announcement of February 9, 2012 Meeting. DA 12-15.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

1-3-12 Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announce Pleading Cycle for Comments and Reply Comments on Advanced Communications Provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. DA 12-1. CG Docket No. 10-213.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-31-11 Notice Concerning Ex Parte Status of Presentations Made to the Emergency Access Advisory Committee. DA 11-1818.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-21-11 FCC Invites Applicants to Conduct National Outreach for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. DA 11-1767.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-7-11 In the Matter of Contributions to the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund. Adopted rules to implement Section 103(b) of the CVAA, requiring interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP providers to participate in and contribute to the TRS Fund. CG Docket No. 11-47. FCC 11-150.
Report and Order: Word || PDF

10-7-11 FCC Takes Critical Steps to Bring Advanced Communications Services to Those With Disabilities.
News Release: Word || PDF
R&O and FNPRM: PDF
Genachowski Statement: PDF
Copps Statement: PDF
McDowell Statement: PDF
Clyburn Statement: PDF

9-28-11 Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines for the NPRM Regarding Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming. MB Docket No. 1154. DA 11-1639
Public Notice: Word || PDF

9-26-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of October 14, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 11-1599.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

9-22-11 FCC Announces 60-Day Period to Apply for Certification to Participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. DA 11-1591
Public Notice: Word || PDF

9-19-11 FCC seek comment in the Matter of Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Proposal to revise regulations for Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming. Docket No. 11-154, FCC No. 11-138
NPRM: Word|| PDF

9-13-11 Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee Announcement of November 1, 2011 Meeting. DA 11-1527.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-30-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of September 9, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 11-1473.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

8-25-11 Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Reinstated the rules requiring large market television broadcast stations and MVPDs to provide video described programming, and other stations and systems to pass through description they receive. Docket No. 11-43, FCC No. 11-126
Report & Order: Word || PDF
Commissioner Copps Statement: Word || PDF
Commissioner Clyburn Statement: Word || PDF
Erratum: Word || PDF

7-22-11 Two Reports of Advisory Committees on Disabilities Issues Released. Reports Are on Closed Captioning of Video Programming Delivered Using Internet Protocol and Emergency Calling for Persons With Disabilities: Survey Review And Analysis
News Release: Word || PDF

 7-21-11 Report On Emergency Calling For Persons With Disabilities, Survey Review And Analysis 2011, presented by the Emergency Access Advisory Committee to the Federal Communications Commission.
Report: Word || PDF

7-21-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of August 12, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 11-1221.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

7-13-11 First Report of the Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee on the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Closed Captioning of Video Programming Delivered Using Internet Protocol.
Report

6-22-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of July 8, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 11-1092.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

5-17-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of June 10, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 11-882.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

4-29-11 FCC Announces Agenda for Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) Scheduled for May 5, 2011 at FCC Headquarters. DA 11-804.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

4-6-11 FCC Acts to Ensure That Deaf-Blind Individuals Have Access to 21st Century Communications Technologies.
News Release: Word || PDF
Report & Order: Word || PDF
Copps Statement: Word || PDF

4-4-11 Extended Comment and Reply Dates for 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility.
Order: Word || PDF

3-25-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of April 8, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 11-553.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

3-23-11 Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Granted the Motion for Extension of Time. MB Docket No. 11-43.
Order: Word || PDF

3-16-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Releases National Survey to Learn About Emergency Calling by Individuals with Disabilities.
News Release: Word || PDF

3-3-11 FCC Proposes to Update Rules Allowing Accessibility to Advanced Communications to 54 Million Consumers With Disabilities.
News Release: Word || PDF
Genachowski Statement: Word || PDF
Copps Statement: Word || PDF

3-3-11 Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section 103(b), Contributions to the TRS Fund Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Adopted March 2, 2011. CG Docket No. 11-47. (FCC 11-38)
NPRM: Word || PDF
Erratum issued 3-24-11: Word || PDF

3-3-11 Implementation of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act of 1934, as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010; Amendments to the Commission's Rules Implementing Sections 255 and 251(a)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934, as Enacted by the Telecommunications Act of 1996; In the Matter of Accessible Mobile Phone Options for People who are Blind, Deaf-Blind, or Have Low Vision. (FCC 11-37) CG Docket No. 10-213, WT Docket No. 96-198, and CG Docket No. 10-145.
NPRM: Word || PDF

3-3-11 Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. (FCC 11-36) MB Docket No. 11-43
NPRM: Word || PDF
Erratum issued 3-11-11: Word || PDF

2-28-11 Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee Announcement of May 5, 2011 Meeting. DA 11-390.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

2-18-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of March 11, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities. DA 11-329.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

1-24-11 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of February 11, 2011 Meeting. Committee to Focus on Matters Pertaining to Next Generation 911 Access for Persons with Disabilities
Public Notice: Word || PDF

1-14-11 Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section 105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals.
NPRM: Word || PDF
Genachowski Statement: Word || PDF

1-7-11 Erratum - Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee Announcement of Members; Committee to focus on matters pertaining to IP Closed Captioning, Video Description, Access to Emergency Information and User Interface Accessibility.
Issued an Erratum correcting Public Notice, DA 10-2320, released December 7, 2010
Erratum: Word || PDF

12-7-10 Membership in Two Disability-Focused Advisory Committees Announced; Transcript of November 30 Presentation on Implementation of Accessibility Act Available Online.
News Release: Word || PDF

12-7-10 Emergency Access Advisory Committee Announcement of Members and Co-Chairpersons.
Public Notice: Word || PDF
Erratum Released 1-11-11: Word || PDF

12-7-10 Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee Announcement of Members.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

11-3-10 The Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on Implementation of Requirement to Define Programs for Distribution of Specialized Customer Premises Equipment used by Individuals who are Deaf-Blind. Docket No. 10-210. DA 10-2112
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-21-10 CGB and WTB Seek Comment on Advanced Communication Provisions of The 21st Century Communications And Video Accessibility Act of 2010.CG Docket No. 10-213
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10-19-10 The FCC Requests Nominations for Membership on Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) in Accordance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. DA 10-2001.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-19-10 The FCC Requests Nominations for Membership on Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) in Accordance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. DA 10-2002.
Public Notice: Word || PDF
News Release: Word || PDF

10-12-10 Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Requests that Comments in Hearing Aid Compatibility Proceeding Address Effects of New Legislation. Docket No. 07-250.
Public Notice: Word || PDF

10-8-10 Statements on the Enactment of the Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act.
News Releases:
Chairman Julius Genachowski: Word || PDF
Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn: Word || PDF

Updated: November 24, 2014
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