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Comment Date: June 17, 2019
Reply Comment Date: July 1, 2019
On May 16, 2019, the FCC released a Public Notice to invite public comment on Google Fiber’s request for a limited waiver of the Commission’s rules requiring the accessibility of user interfaces on covered set-top boxes.
Specifically, Google Fiber requests a limited waiver for four video functions for which it does not currently provide audible accessibility:
(1) activating video description (for certain programming);
(2) adjusting the presentation and display of closed captioning;
(3) display of current configuration options; and
(4) activating set-top box configuration options.
Google Fiber requests a one-year waiver to provide audible accessibility for activating video description and adjusting the presentation and display of closed captioning; and a two-year waiver to provide audible accessibility for the display of current configuration options and activating set-top box configuration options.
Links to Public Notice:
Link to Petition:
For general information about accessible television and set-top box controls, menus, and program guides, please visit the FCC’s webpage: https://www.fcc.gov/television-and-set-top-box-controls-menus-program-guides. For specific questions about this petition, please contact Maria Mullarkey at (202) 418-2120 or Maria.Mullarkey@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 (videophone). Individuals using a text teletypewriter (TTY) may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.