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Facilitating the Deployment of Text-to-911 and other Next Generation 911 Applications; Framework for Next Generation 911 DeploymentFCC Sets Path for Widespread Text-to-911 Deployment. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 01/30/2014 by Policy Statement and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (FCC No. 14-6).
Comments are due by April 4, 2014. Reply comments are due by May 5, 2014.
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Policy Statement 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 
DISABILITY-RELATED HEADLINES 
This page contains the latest notices, public notices, orders, and news releases at a glance.
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO ACCESSIBILITY ACT (CVAA) 
Releases under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications.
- Video Description 
- Advanced Communications Services (ACS) 
- National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) 
- Captioning of Internet Video Programming 
- Display of Captioning on Equipment Used to View Video Programming 
- Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) 
- Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) 
ACCESSIBILITY AND INNOVATION INITIATIVE 
The mission of the Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is to promote collaborative problem-solving among stakeholders to ensure that people with disabilities reap the full benefits of communications technology. Through workshops, field events, facilitated dialogues, and online tools, the Initiative will foster affordable technology solutions.
The FCC implements Title IV of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which covers Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). TRS enables a person with a hearing or speech disability to access the telephone system and communicate with persons without such a disability.
On January 17, 2014, the FCC held a stakeholders’ meeting for establishing an Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service National Outreach Program (iTRS-NOP) for video relay service (VRS) and Internet protocol relay service (IP Relay). The Commission’s June 10, 2013 VRS Reform Order requires the establishment of a two-to-three year pilot iTRS-NOP for VRS and IP Relay to educate the public about the use and availability of TRS and further its acceptance nationwide by hearing persons and merchants. The Order directed the selection of one or more independent iTRS Outreach Coordinators to conduct and coordinate IP Relay and VRS outreach under the Commission’s supervision. See links below to read an informal transcript of this stakeholders meeting. An archived webcast of the meeting can be viewed on the FCC Event web page . Those interested in providing written feedback to this meeting may do so no later than February 1, 2014, by posting that input at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list , under proceeding #10-51 (Video Relay Service Reform). Please contact Elaine.Gardner@fcc.gov  with any questions.
VRS REFORM 
Releases on the Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service (VRS) Program.
TEN-DIGIT NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR VRS AND IP RELAY USERS 
After November 12, 2009, any VRS and IP Relay call - other than 911 calls - will not be completed unless the user has registered with a provider to obtain a ten-digit number.
SECTION 255 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rules requiring telecommunications manufacturers and service providers to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities, if readily achievable. Our rules implement Section 255 of the Communications Act.
CLOSED CAPTIONING OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING ON TELEVISION (47 CFR § 79.1) 
The FCC implements the Closed Captioning requirements of the Telecommunications Act, found in Section 713, to make sure that more and more television is made accessible for people who are hard of hearing or deaf. Closed captioning is a technology that provides visual text to describe dialogue, background noise, and sound effects on television programming.
ACCESS TO EMERGENCY INFORMATION ON TELEVISION (47 CFR § 79.2) 
The FCC implements rules that require broadcasters, cable operators, and other multichannel video programming distributors to make emergency information (e.g., pertaining to storms, school closings, and other emergencies) that they provide to their viewers accessible to persons with hearing and vision disabilities.
SECTION 504/HANDBOOK 
The FCC Section 504 Programs & Activities Accessibility Handbook (Section 504 Handbook) is a collection of guidelines, information, and procedures to ensure that the Commission is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The content of this handbook is designed to assist Commission personnel in their efforts to provide such accessibility.
Voice Over Internet Protocol.
Hearing Aid Compatibility.
DISABILITY INDEX  . . . .
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A mailing list providing information about how to get regular email updates on accessibility-related FCC actions.
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