Video Programming Accessibility Forum – Online Closed Captioning

1:00 pm – 3:45 pm EST
Online Only

The FCC’s Media Bureau and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will co-host this Forum. Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will welcome Forum participants. Senator Ed Markey will deliver keynote remarks.

Consumers currently access video programming from providers that range from traditional entities, such as broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), to a growing number of online streaming service providers, including those that operate social media platforms. This Forum will explore the state of closed captioning availability for online video programming and discuss ways to enhance accessibility, including the Commission’s authority to adopt new rules. The Forum also will explore current and prospective best practices and other existing or possible voluntary efforts that could enhance the availability of closed captioning online.

The Forum will include two panels that will feature speakers such as television, cable, and online video programming distributors, academics, and consumer advocates. See the Public Notice for the full agenda.

This is a public event and will be streamed live on and the FCC’s YouTube channel. We encourage the public and interested stakeholders to engage in this discussion by sending questions during the event to Commission staff will enter information about the panel, including all relevant public notices, the agenda, and a link to a video recording of the event, into the public record for this proceeding.

The meeting will be webcast with open captioning and sign language interpreters at Additional reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you if we need more information. Make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to: or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice).

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