Broadband Law Advisor is Davis Wright Tremaine’s ninth blog on the Network. Authored by a number of attorneys in DWT’s Communications, Media & Technology Practice, the blog provides information and insight on the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.
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By Maria Browne Last week, the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding to consider proposed improvements to the structure and efficiency of the video relay service (“VRS”) program was published in the Federal Register, thus setting the deadline for initial...
By James Smith and Danielle Frappier The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday (Jan. 31, 2012) adopted its long-awaited Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Order and Rulemaking) reforming and modernizing the federal Low Income program, with the goals of...
By Maria T. Browne, Brendan Holland, Brian J. Hurh, and Ronald G. London The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a Report and Order (R&O) establishing rules for the closed captioning of video programming delivered via Internet protocol (i.e., IP video), as required by the 21st...
UPDATE: Our DWT Advisory on the IP Closed Captioning Report and Order is now available here. This afternoon, the FCC released its long-anticipated Report and Order that sets forth the Commission’s new closed captioning rules for IP-delivered video programming, pursuant to the 21st...
Accessibility Rules for Advanced Communication Services Published in Federal Register; Effective Dates Set For Compliance with Accessibility and Recordkeeping Obligations
On December 30, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission's rules for ensuring the accessibility of Advanced Communication Services (e.g., VoIP, electronic text and interoperable video conferencing services) to persons with disabilities was published in the Federal Register, thus setting the...
Revised FCC Form 499-A Released To Include Non-Interconnected VoIP Providers; FCC Registration Required By December 31
The FCC has posted its revised Form 499-A to include "non-interconnected VoIP providers" as a category of required filing entities. As we discussed previously, new FCC rules now require certain non-interconnected VoIP providers (including one-way services) to...
FCC Requires Certain Non-Interconnected VoIP To Register with FCC and Contribute To Telecom Relay Service Fund
In addition to releasing its final "advanced communications services" accessibility rules this weekend (which requires accessibility of VoIP, texting, and video chat on a wide range of devices and communication services, as I discussed earlier here), the FCC also released its Report...
FCC Releases Final Rules on Accessibility of VoIP, Texting and Video Chat; Rules Cover Incidental Services and Equipment
Over the Columbus Day weekend, the FCC released its final rules (available here) on the accessibility of advanced communications services (ACS). (ACS includes interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP, electronic messaging services, and interoperable video conferencing services.)...
Internet Closed Captioning Proposed Rules Published in Fed Reg - Comments Due Oct. 18; Replies due Oct. 28
The FCC's proposed rules for Internet closed captioning have been published in the Federal Register (available here), which means that the comment periods are set. As we discussed in our earlier posting about the NPRM (here), the FCC has set very short deadlines for comments and replies, a...
In a very late release today, the FCC has issued for comment its proposed rules for closed captioning of IP-delivered videos (NPRM available here). Pursuant to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (discussed earlier here) and other related events, the FCC is...