Requests for Closed Captioning Exemption
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: February 28, 2013
REQUEST FOR COMMENT
REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION’S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES
CG Docket No. 06-181Several entities have filed petitions for exemption from the Federal Communications Commission’s
(Commission’s) requirements to closed caption their television programming, pursuant to Section 79.1 of the
rules.1 Petitioners claim that compliance would be “economically burdensome,” for them, as defined in the
Comments and oppositions are due within 30 days from the date of this public notice. The case identifier
must be placed on all filings. Comments and oppositions sent via e-mail to the Commission will be
considered informal and are not part of the official record.
An original and two (2) copies of all comments, oppositions, and replies must be filed with the Commission.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, commercial overnight courier, or by first class or
overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal
Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission, Attn: CGB Room 3-B431.
* Hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings must be delivered to: Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 445 12th Street, SW, Room
TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All
1 47 C.F.R. § 79.1. The names of the Petitioners are set forth in Attachment A.
2 47 C.F.R. §79.1(f))(2). A detailed explanation of the factors that the Commission uses to determine whether meeting
the closed captioning obligations would be “economically burdensome” can be found in Interpretation of Economically
Burdensome Standard; Amendment of Section 79.1(f) of the Commission's Rules; Video Programming Accessibility.,
Report and Order, 27 FCC Rcd 8831 (2012); available at https://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/caption.html.
hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be
disposed of before entering the building.
* Commercial overnight courier mail (other than U.S. Postal Service, Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to: Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Attention:
Disability Rights Office, Room 3-B431, 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
* U.S. Postal Service mail (including first-class, Express, and Priority Mail) should be addressed to:
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Attention: Disability Rights Office,
Room 3-B431, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.
All comments and oppositions must be served on the petitioner. In addition, comments and oppositions
filed must indicate that they have been served on the petitioner.
comment deadline. Electronic filing is not available at this time. In addition, replies to comments or
oppositions shall be served on the commenting or opposing party and shall include a certification that the
commenter was served with a copy.
All comments, oppositions, and replies must contain a detailed, full showing, supported by affidavit or signed
under penalty of perjury, of any facts or considerations relied on.
The petitions, comments, oppositions and replies will be available for public inspection in the Commission’s
Reference Information Center:
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
The petitions, public notice, and decisions (when issued) can also be found at
To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files,
audio format), send an e-mail to email@example.com or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at
202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY). This Public Notice can also be downloaded in Word and
Portable Document Format at https://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/economically-burdensome-exemption-closed-
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Contact: Roger Holberg (202) 418-2134 (voice); e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or Traci Randolph (202) 418-0569 (voice), (202) 418-0537 (TTY); e-mail
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