The FCC has announced a tentative agenda for the Open Commission Meeting scheduled for 10:30 am on Thursday, April 23, 2020. At this meeting, the Commission will consider a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the Commission’s video description regulations.
The NPRM would propose:
- To expand the Commission’s video description regulations by phasing in an additional 10 designated market areas (DMAs) each year for four years, beginning on January 1, 2021.
- To modernize the terminology in the Commission’s regulations to use the term “audio description” rather than “video description.”
April 23 Meeting News Release:
Public Draft of the Video Description NPRM
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and related agency telework and headquarters access policies, this meeting will be held in a wholly electronic format and will be open to the public on the Internet via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live and on the FCC’s YouTube channel. More information about the April 23 meeting: https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2020/04/april-2020-open-commission-meeting.
Reasonable Accommodations: Open captioning will be provided for this event at www.fcc.gov/live. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via email to FCC504@fcc.gov or by calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice). 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.
For information about the Video Description NPRM, please contact Diana Sokolow, Media Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418-0588, email Diana.Sokolow@fcc.gov. For general information about audio description, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/audio-description. 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 (videophone).