COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL
Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus
, MB Docket
No. 12-108; Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for
Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First
Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
, MB Docket No. 12-107,
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
We live in a world of programming abundance. The number of available channels has
multiplied—and with it the choices we need to make every time we turn on the television or seek video
programming on any screen handy. Yet for the blind and visually impaired, small tasks—like finding a
favorite show or tracking down information about programs—can be difficult.
That is why today’s decision is so important. It will help ensure that individuals who are blind or
visually impaired can more easily access video programming on a wide range of video devices. It also
will enable consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to more easily activate closed captioning on
video devices. Given the speed with which programming guides are changing, crafting rules and
regulations like this is no small task. Going forward we need to be vigilant and enforce the rules we have
put in place. But more than that, we will need to monitor the marketplace and to make sure that as time
and technology march on our rules continue to provide the access contemplated in the law.
This decision marks the last new rulemaking that the Commission must complete to implement
the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Act. Our work is not yet done, but this milestone
merits attention. For all the complexity of this law, its goal is undeniably simple: putting in place policies
that will extend opportunity and access in the digital age. I want to thank my colleagues at the
Commission for their hard work to date implementing this legislation. I also want to recognize the work
of the consumer electronics industry, telecommunications companies, and providers and distributors of
Finally, we would not be celebrating our success today without the tireless advocacy of the many
champions of Americans with disabilities who fought for this law and pressed for its just implementation.
I know that both from my time at the Commission and from my work on Capitol Hill before I arrived at
the agency. They have my support and deep admiration.