VITAC Files Support of FCC Petition on Caption Quality Metrics, ASR Rulemaking

by: David Titmus

VITAC supports a petition before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that asks that commission develop objective, technology- and methodology-neutral metrics for live captioning quality, and issue a declaratory ruling on the use of automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies. Specifically, the petition asks that the FCC issue a ruling explaining how … Read More

FCC Considering Unsupervised ASR for Captioned Telephone Service

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission is considering applications by three companies seeking to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) solely via automatic speech recognition technologies. Applications were filed by VTCSecure, LLC, MachineGenius, Inc., and Clarity Products, LLC to provide IP CTS calls using automatic speech recognition (ASR) without the … 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

VITAC’s P. Kevin Kilroy Discusses High-Quality Captions and the Irreplaceable Human Element

by: David Titmus

For many, closed captions are simply those big blocks of text that flow across the bottom of the television, capturing the onscreen dialogue. For others – namely the nearly 50 million Americans in the deaf and hard of hearing community who rely on captions – the fact that words appear … Read More

The Human Art of Captioning

by: David Titmus

For some, closed captions are simply those words that flow across the bottom of televisions that describe the on-screen dialogue and action. But for nearly 50 million Americans in the deaf and hard of hearing community, captions are so much more — they are an important connection to a world … Read More