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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:
URL:      https://www.fcc.gov/document/mb-seeks-comment-google-fibers-accessible-ui-waiver-petition
Word:   https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-430A1.doc   
PDF:      https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-430A1.pdf  
Text:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-430A1.txt  

Link to Petition:
URL:      https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10513136520285/Google%20Fiber%20Amended%20TV%20Accessibility%20Waiver%20(13%20May%202019).pdf  

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.

Updated: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019