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 co-hosted this Forum. Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel welcomed Forum participants and Senator Ed Markey delivered 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 explored the state of closed captioning availability for online video programming and discussed ways to enhance accessibility, including the Commission’s authority to adopt new rules. The Forum also explored current and prospective best practices and other existing or possible voluntary efforts that could enhance the availability of closed captioning online.

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

This was a public event and was streamed live on and the FCC’s YouTube channel. We encouraged 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.

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