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The Commission has announced a tentative agenda for the July Open Commission Meeting scheduled for 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  As part of that agenda, the Commission will consider a Report and Order that would modernize children’s educational and informational television programming (Core Programming) rules.

Under the draft Report and Order, the substantial majority of a broadcast station’s Core Programming must be aired on its primary stream, but broadcast stations would be permitted to air up to 13 hours of regularly scheduled weekly programming on a multicast stream.  In addition, the draft Report and Order would require that a majority of Core Programming be at least 30 minutes in length but would permit broadcast stations to air a limited amount of short-form programming.  While the draft recognizes that these provisions could impact the availability of Core Programming that is accessible to children with visual or hearing disabilities, it strongly encourages broadcasters to make this programming accessible whenever possible. 

July 10 Meeting News Release:

Public Draft of the Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

The meeting will be held in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC., is open to the public, and will be streamed live on the Internet with open captioning at https://www.fcc.gov/general/live.  Visit this webpage for more information:  https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2019/05/may-2019-open-commission-meeting

Reasonable Accommodations:  Open captioning and on-site sign language interpreting services will be provided for this event.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request, such as tactile interpreting services.  Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e‐mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or by calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).  Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed.  In addition, please include a way the FCC can contact you if we need more information.  Please allow as much advance notice as possible; last‐minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill.

General information about children’s television programming is available at https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-educational-television.  For further information, please contact Kathy Berthot, Media Bureau, at 202-418-7454 or Kathy.Berthot@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 / (202) 810-0444 (videophone).  Individuals using a text teletypewriter (TTY) may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.

Monday, September 9, 2019