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Acting Chairwoman Clyburn Statement on Digital Accessibility Rules

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Released: October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253

Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Statement on FCC’s Adoption of New Rules Making Digital

Communications More Accessible to People With Disabilities

Washington, D.C. –

Acting Chairwoman Clyburn has issued the following statement:
“For more than two years, the FCC has moved aggressively to implement every key component
of the landmark Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.
I’m proud that, as a result of today’s action, 25 million Americans who are blind or visually
impaired will be able to navigate menus on a range of devices that show video programming, and
an additional 36 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans will be able to activate closed
captions easily. Once these rules take effect, people who are blind or visually impaired will be
able to quickly find a news channel during an emergency or tune in to their favorite show as
readily as sighted people.”
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