FCC Proposes Internet Closed Captioning Rules

 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Internet Closed Captioning

The FCC is seeking comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding internet closed captioning it recently released. The proposed rules cover the “Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming” (or TV captioning on the Internet) and implement the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).

In the NPRM, the FCC seeks public input on a variety of captioning rules. Topics covered include requirements for video programming owners, rendering regulations for video programming distributors, and determining the quality of internet captioning. The NPRM also outlines procedures producers can use to petition the Commission for full or partial exemptions under the same “economically burdensome” standard used with respect to television closed captioning.

The FCC also requests comments on the following schedule of deadlines which will require:

  • Prerecorded programming that is unedited for Internet distribution to be captioned within 6 months of publication of the rules in the Federal Register;
  • Live or near-live programming to be captioned within 12 months of publication of the rules in the Federal Register; and
  • Prerecorded programming that is edited for Internet distribution to be captioned within 18 months of publication of the rules in the Federal Register.

To date, the NPRM is not published in the Federal Register, so comments are not being accepted just yet. In the meantime, advocates should start reading the NPRM and begin formulating their responses. VITAC will post the due dates as soon as possible!

 

 

 

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