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Notice of Effective Date of New IP Closed Captioning Rules

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Released: March 30, 2012


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DA 12-505
Released: March 30, 2012

Notice of Effective Date of New IP Closed Captioning Rules

MB Docket No. 11-154

On January 13, 2012, the Commission adopted the IP Closed Captioning Order, which adopted
rules governing the closed captioning requirements for the owners, providers, and distributors of video
programming delivered using Internet protocol (“IP”), as well as rules governing the closed captioning
capabilities of certain apparatus on which consumers view video programming.1 Those rules become
effective 30 days after publication of the order in the Federal Register, except for the rules that require
approval by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”).2 The Federal Register published a
summary of the IP Closed Captioning Order on March 30, 2012.3 Accordingly, the rules adopted in the
IP Closed Captioning Order will take effect on April 30, 2012, except for the rules that require OMB
The information collection requirements contained in the rules that require OMB approval are
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law No. 104-13. The information
collection is being submitted to OMB for review under 47 U.S.C. § 3507(d), and will not take effect until
it is approved by OMB.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Diana Sokolow, Policy Division,
Media Bureau, 202-418-2120, or Jeffrey Neumann, Engineering Division, Media Bureau, 202-418-7000.

1 Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First
Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
, Report and Order, 27 FCC Rcd 787 (2012) (“IP
Closed Captioning Order
2 See id. at 863-864, ¶ 131. The rules that require OMB approval are Sections 79.4(c)(1)(ii), 79.4(c)(2)(ii)-(iii),
79.4(d)(1)-(4) and (6)-(9), 79.4(e)(1)-(6), and 79.103(b)(3)-(4), which will become effective upon announcement in
the Federal Register of OMB approval and an effective date of the rules.
3 Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR Parts 15 and 79, Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered
Video Programming, 77 FR 19480 (Mar. 30, 2012).

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