Accessibility Roundup: Captioned Telephone Service and Website Access

by: David Titmus

More than a dozen advocacy organizations and consumer groups are supporting a call for clarification regarding the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to allow the use of fully automatic speech recognition (ASR) programs for its Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). The organizations — including Hearing Loss Association of America, … Read More

FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Captioned Telephone Service, ASR

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments on petitions filed over its proposed changes to the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). The petitions, filed by Sprint Corporation with the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, call for clarification of the commission’s IP CTS suggestion regarding the use … Read More

Viewers, ‘Queer Eye’ Star Bring Caption Quality Concerns to Netflix

by: David Titmus

The topic of caption quality made headlines last week after television viewers took to social media to voice their complaints over the inaccurate captions they see on Netflix shows, including makeover show “Queer Eye.” Fans of the show took to Twitter to complain about captions that often misrepresented, censored, or … Read More

Expanded Video Description Rules, Hours take Effect July 1

by: David Titmus

The rules governing the number of hours of video-described programming that networks are required to provide are changing July 1. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will require the top four broadcast networks and the top five non-broadcast networks to provide 87.5 hours of video description per calendar quarter. The updated … Read More

Will the FCC’s Allowance of ASR for Captioned Telephone Service be a Help or Hindrance?

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month took initial steps to reform the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) in an effort to modernize the system and resolve compensation and funding issues. A popular critical communications service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing who communicate … Read More

FCC Again Extends Deadline for Audible Emergency Alerting Rule

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) again has extended the compliance deadline for a long-discussed rule that would require broadcasters to present aurally via secondary audio all emergency information shown visually during programming outside of regularly scheduled newscasts and breaking news cut-ins. The “Audible Crawl Rule,” which went into effect in … Read More

FCC Updates Top Five Non-Broadcast Networks Subject to Video Description

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month announced changes to its list of the top five national non-broadcast networks subject to video description requirements. Beginning July 1, the new top five national non-broadcast networks, based on Nielsen ratings, will be USA, HGTV, TBS, Discovery, and History. The commission updates … Read More

Website Accessibility in the Hot Seat

by: David Titmus

Website accessibility has become a hot topic in the judicial system as more courts are ruling that websites are places of public accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Store websites are common for retailers these days, and businesses need to ensure their online presence is just as accessible as … Read More

The New Year Brings New Captioning Regulations

by: VITAC

by Johnathan Moore The new year has brought a couple new accessibility regulations, with a third coming to pass this July. The most recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate is the January 1, 2017 benchmark for captioning IP-delivered montage clips. Next, live and near-live clips need captions starting July 1, … Read More

FCC Delays Ruling on Audio Description Expansion

by: VITAC

The FCC most likely won’t act upon any rulings Post-Election Many blind and individuals with low-vision are frustrated after an item regarding audio description expansion (referred to as video description by the FCC) was deleted from the FCC’s November 17th open meeting agenda. Audio description is a verbal representation of visual … Read More