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On June 27, 2024, FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel announced the tentative agenda for the July 2024 Open Meeting scheduled for 10:30 am EST on Thursday, July 18, 2024.  The meeting will be held in the Commission Meeting Room, 45 L Street N.E., Washington, D.C  20554.  The FCC meeting is also available online, and streamed live with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/live.  

As part of the agenda, the Commission will consider some accessibility items:  

  1. Captioning Display Settings.  A draft Third Report and Order (Order) that would require manufacturers of covered apparatus and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to make closed captioning display settings readily accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.  If adopted, the Order would require that these settings be “readily accessible” to consumers and allow the MVPDs and manufacturers flexibility in how they meet this obligation.  Under the proposed Order, the Commission would determine whether settings are readily accessible to consumers by evaluating the following factors: proximity, discoverability, previewability, and consistency and persistency.
  2. NG911.  A draft Report and Order would require wireline, commercial mobile radio service, covered text, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) providers to transition to NG911 in two phases, with each phase including the delivery of 911 traffic (including location information) in the requested IP-based format to designated in-state NG911 delivery points following a 911 authority’s valid request.  The rules would also preserve the authority of state and local government to adopt alternative approaches to the configuration, timing, and cost responsibility for NG911 implementation within their jurisdictions.
  3. Carceral Communications.  A draft Report and Order would update the definition of advanced communications services in the FCC’s rules to align with the definition adopted by Congress in the Martha Wright-Reid Act; allow for enterprise registration for the provision of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) in carceral facilities; require that charges, rates, and practices for Incarcerated People’s Communications Services (IPCS) be disclosed in accessible formats; and allow providers of IPCS to provide access to traditional (TTY-based) TRS via real-time text.  A draft Order on Reconsideration would allow TRS providers 30 days from the day the provider receives written notification that an incarcerated person has been transferred or released to update the person’s information in the TRS user registration database and clarifies the updated registration information that TRS providers must transmit to the database when an incarcerated person is released.   

Link to News Release with Open Meeting Agenda for July 2024 Open Meeting:

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-tentative-agenda-july-open-meeting-11  

Link to the DRAFT Captioning Display Settings Third Report and Order: 

https://www.fcc.gov/document/accessibility-user-interfaces-video-programming-guides-menus  

Link to the DRAFT NG911 Report and Order:

https://www.fcc.gov/document/advancing-transition-next-generation-911-0

Link to the Carceral Communications Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration:

https://www.fcc.gov/document/bringing-common-sense-fairness-correctional-facility-phone-rates

Link to the July 18, 2024 Meeting Webpage:

https://www.fcc.gov/july-2024-open-commission-meeting

Reasonable Accommodations:  Open captioning and sign language interpreting will be provided for this meeting.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  In your request, please include a description of the needed accommodation and how you may be reached if we need more information.  E-mail your request to fcc504@fcc.gov or call (202) 418-0530.

For more information:  

  1. Captioning Display Settings:  For general information about captioning settings, visit:  https://www.fcc.gov/display-closed-captioning-equipment.  For specific questions about the captioning display settings draft Order, contact Diana Sokolow, Media Bureau, Policy Division, at (202) 418-2120, or via e-mail at Diana.Sokolow@fcc.gov.   
  2. NG911:  For general information about 911 services, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/general/9-1-1-and-e9-1-1-services.  For further information on the NG 911 proceeding, contact Rachel Wehr at Rachel.Wehr@fcc.gov or 202-418-1138, or Brenda Boykin at Brenda.Boykin@fcc.gov or 202-418- 2062, of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Division.  
  3. Carceral Communications:  For general information about accessible carceral communications, visit:  www.fcc.gov/accessiblecarceralcommunications, and the ASL video is available at:  https://youtu.be/xvI5vIhNA8g.  For specific questions about the carceral communications proceeding, contact please contact Michael Scott, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-1264 or Michael.Scott@fcc.gov.  

Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

 

Updated:
Friday, June 28, 2024