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“This page is a digitally archived AccessInfo Announcement”

On February 18, 2016, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on proposed rules that will let consumers choose how they wish to access cable and other multichannel video programming. The NPRM asks about allowing independent consumer electronics manufacturers, innovators, and other developers to build devices (i.e., set‐top boxes) or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming.   Among other things, the NPRM seeks comment on implications of these actions for accessibility obligations, such as closed captioning, video description, and accessible user interfaces on set‐top boxes that consumers would be able to acquire separately from their cable providers.

The comment dates for this proceeding have now been set:

Comments Due: April 22, 2016
Reply Comments Due: May 23, 2016

In addition, the Media Bureau is making the following dates available to meet with interested parties to discuss issues raised in the NPRM as follows:

Dates Set Aside for Ex Parte Meetings with Bureau: June 6‐10, 2016

Public Notice:

Video Navigation Choices NPRM:

For more information contact, Brendan Murray, Brendan.Murray@fcc.gov, or Lyle Elder, Lyle.Elder@fcc.gov, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418‐2120.

Thursday, September 29, 2016