Thursday, October 7, 2010

What's Coming Thanks to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act?

You've probably heard about the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act passing in the Senate, which means it will soon become law. But what does that really mean for us?

Check out the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology's page for a great breakdown of the benefits we can expect from the passage of this law.

Here are a few points that I'm pretty excited about.
  • All telephones used with the Internet will need to be hearing aid compatible.
  • $10 billion million (thanks, BigBenFactor) per year will be allocated for the deaf-blind from the Interstate Relay Service Fund (which Internet-based voice communication service providers will be required to pay into).
  • Television programs that are captioned will now be required to contain captions when streaming over the Internet.
  • Any devices that have a picture screen and can display video programming now need to be able to display closed captions. 
  • Devices like DVRs that record playback must now be able to display captions.
Original web programming is still not required to be closed captioned. I do wish more creators of web programming would take the initiative and caption their videos without having to make a law. Otherwise, though, I'm pretty excited about this act.


  1. I have read about this and it is good news! Progress, a step forward :-)

  2. $10 Billion per year for Deaf-Blind???

    $10 Billion? "B"illion? or "M" illion?

    I know Blind Organization have much more power in politically than Deaf Organization, but Billion, as in "B". Preposterous! Tell me, you made a typo.


  3. BigBenFactor, yes, I did make a typo. The correct wording is on the site I linked to. I'd suggest reading that link, as it has a lot more info than this post. :)

  4. WHEW!!! I am relieved!! Too early to scare me for Halloween, eh? lol
    That looks much better. You're welcome.



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