Comments due: June 22, 2020
Reply comments due: July 6, 2020
On April 23, 2020, the Commission released a Notice of Proposal Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes:
- To expand the Commission’s video description regulations by phasing in an additional 10 designated market areas 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.”
On May 21, 2020, the Media Bureau of the FCC released a public notice announcing the NPRM comment due dates.
Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. All filings must reference MB Docket No. 11-43. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.
Links to the NPRM:
Links to Public Notice Announcing Comment Dates:
For information about the Video Description NPRM, please contact Diana Sokolow, Policy Division, Media Bureau, (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).