NCRA Involved in Introduction of Internet Captioning Bill
On June 26, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3101, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009. NCRA, through its involvement in the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology, has worked to get this bill re-introduced in the 111th Congress. This is the second year in a row that the coalition has successfully seen the legislation introduced.
If passed, this legislation would ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing have access to emerging Internet-based telecommunications and video programming technologies. The bill includes many new standards for these technologies, including standards that would directly impact captioners. The bill calls for all devices that receive and playback video programming to employ accessible user interfaces and allow ready access to captioning and audio description.
In addition, it would institute a meaningful FCC complaint process that holds the industry accountable for their accessibility obligations. Finally, it would extend closed captioning obligations to television-type video-programming distributed over the Internet.
For more information on the introduction of the bill, please visit the COAT Web site or view the COAT press release.