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FCC Accessible Communications Regulations – Legal Update Webinar Q & A

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In Tuesday’s webinar, Maria Browne from Davis Wright Tremaine outlined the requirements of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the Communications Act, and their impact on accessibility. This post contains Maria’s responses to audience questions posed during and after the presentation. Webinar Q & A Q: Does the Netflix lawsuit apply only to Netflix-created content or to all content Netflix hosts/shows? //MB: Plaintiffs alleged that Netflix violated Title III of the ADA by failing to provide equal access to its on-demand video streaming website, “Watch Instantly.”  Plaintiffs alleged that Netflix provided closed captioning for only a small percentage of the titles available on its website, and… Read More

Using the Law as a Tool to Advance Digital Accessibility

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This year’s 2017 Digital Accessibility Legal Update presentation at CSUN was a huge success. Prominent disability attorneys Lainey Feingold of the Law Office of Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho gave a standing-room only presentation that was so successful, it required an encore the next day. SSB BART Group was honored to host this repeat presentation in our showcase suite. The Law as a Tool The presenters spoke about using the law as a tool to make websites accessible to everyone. One of the most important tools is using the laws that are already in… Read More

FCC Regulations – Legal Update Webinar

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Need to Learn More about Accessible Communications Regulations? If you are part of an organization that provides audio or video entertainment, advanced communications, or any other type of telecom product or service, you need to be well-versed in the requirements of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and the Communications Act. In our upcoming free webinar – FCC Accessible Communications Regulations Legal Update – Attorney Maria Browne of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and SSB BART Group CEO Tim Springer will discuss: The scope of the CVAA and other laws as they pertain specific industries Requirements for compliance,… Read More

CVAA Video Programming Requirements – Video Description

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Video description (also called audio description) is audio-narrated descriptions of the key visual elements of video programming which are then inserted within the natural pauses in the program’s dialogue to help blind and visually impaired viewers to better understand the story. Key visual elements are those which viewers with low vision are likely to miss such as actions, costumes, facial expressions, gestures, sight gags, scene changes and onscreen text. A script containing the descriptions is written by a trained describer, read by a professional narrator and then mixed with the main program audio. The process for creating verbal descriptions is… Read More

FCC Requirements for Telecommunications Manufacturers and Providers: Text-to-911

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The legacy 911 emergency system in the United States was developed to facilitate audio communication with emergency personnel. In practice this meant that only voice communications were supported, and that users with hearing and/or speech disabilities were required to use TTY equipment or a TRS to enable communication with 911 calltakers. These methods pose a number of limitations, the primary ones being speed of communication and the fact that TTY is a legacy technology that is not as commonly in use by individuals with hearing and speech disabilities, especially over mobile networks. Many individuals with hearing and speech disabilities today… Read More

FCC Requirements for Telecommunications Manufacturers and Providers: Telecommunications Relay Services

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Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) allow individuals with hearing and/or speech disabilities to place and receive calls over the Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN). The national TRS infrastructure is mandated by Title IV of the ADA which grants the FCC authority over TRS and directs the Commission to promulgate rules to set forth requirements and enforcement procedures for telephone carriers and TRS providers. The FCC rules are codified in 47 CFR 64.601 through 64.636. TRS is available in all 50 states and all U.S. territories for local and/or long distance calls including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A caller… Read More

FCC Requirements for Telecommunications Manufacturers and Providers: Section 255

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The Communications Act of 1934 governs electronic communications In the United States and established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the regulating body over such communications. It was later reauthorized via the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which provided the first major overhaul of telecommunications policy in the U.S. in nearly 62 years. Among other achievements, it sought to promote the availability of telecommunications services and equipment to underserved populations, including people with disabilities. Two provisions were added to the Act which solely focus on access by people with disabilities. Section 255 mandates that all manufacturers of telecommunications equipment and providers… Read More

CVAA Video Programming Requirements – Captioning

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In last week’s post on CVAA programming requirements I provided a very high level overview of the requirements. In this post I’ll dig more deeply into the specific requirements for captioning and what is covered. Overview The CVAA directed the FCC to update and extend its rules for captioning of video programming originally authorized by Section 713 of the Telecommunications Act. The pre-existing FCC rules required 100 percent of nonexempt new English and Spanish video programming to be closed captioned, and 75 percent of pre-rule English and Spanish video programming. They also required video programming distributors to pass through all… Read More

CVAA Video Programming Requirements – Overview

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The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) was passed to ensure new modes of electronic communication and delivery of video programming are accessible to individuals with disabilities. It builds upon previous laws requiring accessibility of electronic communication and video programming, including the Communications Act and the Closed Caption Decoder Circuitry Act. It expands upon existing requirements for accessibility of video programming requirements including closed captioning of televised video programming, video description, accessibility of programming providing emergency information and closed captioning requirements for video programming delivered via IP. It also builds upon accessibility requirements for apparatus used in the… Read More

CVAA Sections 204 and 205 – Complying with Section 205

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Last week’s post in our blog series on Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) gave an overview of Section 205. This week we’ll take a more detailed look at who must comply, what is and is not covered, what must be made accessible and how to achieve accessibility as outlined in report and order FCC 13-138. Who must comply? Multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) – Must offer accessible devices through the same means they offer other customers requesting devices Hardware and software manufacturers of MVPD supported devices – Must make the devices available through the same channels that… Read More

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