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Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks To Refresh the Record on Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Closed Captioning Rules

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Commission, via the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau), seeks to refresh the record on issues pertaining to closed captioning that were raised in Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) released by the Commission in 2005 and 2008. Given the time that has elapsed and various technological developments that have occurred in the field of closed captioning since these NPRMs were released, the Bureau believes that a refreshed record will better educate the Commission regarding the issues raised for comment in the pending proceedings.

DATES:

Comments are due on or before November 24, 2010. Reply comments are due on or before December 9, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

Interested parties may submit comments identified by [CG Docket No. 05-231 and ET Docket No. 99-254], and by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS): http://www.fcc.gov/​cgb/​ecfs, or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments, and transmit one electronic copy of the filing to each docket number referenced in the caption, which in this case is CG Docket No. 05-231 and ET Docket No. 99-254. For ECFS Filers, in completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket number.
  • Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing. Because two docket numbers appear in the caption of this Notice, filers must submit two additional copies for the additional docket number. In addition, parties must send one copy to the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
  • All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, SW., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. The filing hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Amelia Brown, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, at (202) 418-2799 (voice), (202) 418-7804 (TTY), or e-mail: Amelia.Brown@fcc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's document DA 10-2050, released October 25, 2010 in CG Docket No. 05-231 and ET Docket No. 99-254. The full text of DA 10-2050 and any subsequently filed documents in this matter will be available for public inspection and copying via ECFS (insert [CG Docket No. 05-231 or ET Docket No. 99-254] into the Proceeding block) and during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. They may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554; telephone (800) 378-3160, or via its Web site, http://www.bcpiweb.com. DA 10-2050 can also be downloaded in Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov/​cgb/​dro/​caption.html.

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). Pursuant to 47 CFR 1.1206, these proceedings will be conducted as permit-but-disclose proceedings in which ex parte communications are subject to disclosure.

Synopsis

In DA 10-2050, the Bureau seeks to refresh the record on issues pertaining to closed captioning that were raised in NPRMs released by the Commission on July 21, 2005, and November 7, 2008. See Closed Captioning of Video Programming, Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc., Petition for Rulemaking, CG Docket No. 05-231, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, published at 70 FR 56150, September 26, 2005; and Closed Captioning of Video Programming, Closed Captioning Requirements for Digital Television Receivers, CG Docket No. 05-231, ET Docket No. 99-254, Declaratory Ruling, Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, published at 74 FR 1594, January 13, 2009 and 74 FR 1654, January 13, 2009 (2008 Closed Captioning Declaratory Ruling, Order Start Printed Page 70169and NPRM). More than five years have passed since the Commission sought comment on several important matters relating to the quality and implementation of closed captioning of video programming, and a variety of changes in the closed captioning landscape warrant a refresh of the record created in response to that proceeding. For example, the benchmarks for 100% captioning of nonexempt new English and Spanish language programming have passed, the transition to digital television occurred on June 12, 2009, and advances in captioning technology and availability have occurred. The Bureau also believes that a refreshed record will help it to better understand the issues that were raised for comment in the 2008 Closed Captioning Declaratory Ruling, Order and NPRM. Because, in the 2008 Closed Captioning Declaratory Ruling, Order and NPRM, the Commission adopted requirements for video program distributors to make contact information available to consumers, and requirements concerning the process for filing and handling closed captioning complaints, the Commission does not seek to refresh the record with regard to those matters.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Karen Peltz Strauss,

Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 2010-28718 Filed 11-16-10; 8:45 am]

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