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Announcement of the November 1, 2011 VPAAC Meeting

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Released: September 13, 2011


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 11-1527

Released: September 13, 2011



Washington, D.C. On December 7, 2010, Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the
establishment of appointment of members and date of the first meeting of the Video Programming
Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC), an advisory committee required by the Twenty-First
Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).1 The first meeting was held on
January 13, 2011 and the second meeting was held on May 5, 2011.
The Commission has set the date for the next VPAAC meeting as Tuesday, November 1, 2011
from 9:00am--5:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Commission Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20554, and will be open to the public. The meeting will be webcast live at


The purpose of the VPAAC is to develop recommendations on closed captioning of Internet
programming previously captioned on television;2 the compatibility between video programming
delivered using Internet protocol and devices capable of receiving and displaying such programming in
order to facilitate access to captioning, video description and emergency information;3 video description
and accessible emergency information on television programming delivered using Internet protocols or
digital broadcast television;4 accessible user interfaces on video programming devices;5 and accessible
programming guides and menus.
Open captioning and sign language interpreters will be provided. Other reasonable
accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the
accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you if we need more information. Make your
request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an
e-mail to or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530
(voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

1 Pub. L. No 111-260.
2 Section 201 (e) of the Accessibility Act generally lays out the directives for the VPAAC.
3 Pub. L. 111-260, 201(e)(1)(E); 201(e)(2)(E).
4 Id. at 201(e)(2)(B),(C).
5 Id. at 201(e)(2)(F),(G).


For questions or inquiries about the
meetings, please contact Susan Fisenne, 202-418-2502, or Solita Griffis, 202-
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