System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at DotNetNuke.Framework.DefaultPage.OnLoad(EventArgs e) in e:\websites\\public_html\Default.aspx.cs:line 791 Panel approves training funds for closed captions | TvTechnology

Panel approves training funds for closed captions

September 27, 2004

The Senate Commerce Committee last week approved legislation that would appropriate $20 million to train personnel for broadcast closed captioning.

Sen. Ernest Hollings, (D-S.C.), the bill’s sponsor, said the United States has only 10 percent of 3000 needed captioners to in order for broadcasters to fulfill requirements to caption all broadcasts by 2006.

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration would release the funds through competitive grants to schools, where it could be used in a variety of ways including classroom training, scholarships, distance learning and student recruitment.

Companion legislation has been introduced in the House.

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