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FCC launches review of closed captioning rules

The FCC has begun a proceeding to assess how its closed captioning rules are succeeding in ensuring that video programming is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing Americans, and whether any revisions should be made to enhance the effectiveness of those rules.

The organization has asked for comments on several compliance and quality issues relating to closed captioning that were raised in a Petition for Rulemaking filed by the Telecommunications for the Deaf (TDI), the National Association of the Deaf, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, the Association for Late Deafened Adults, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network.

Effective Jan. 1, 2006, all non-exempt new programming must be captioned.

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