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Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule; announcement of effective date.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collection associated with the Commission's Report and Order implementing provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) related to accessible user interfaces and video programming guides and menus. This document is consistent with the Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the requirements.

DATES:

47 CFR 79.107(c), 79.108(a)(5), 79.108(c) through (e), and 79.110 published at 78 FR 77210, December 20, 2013 are effective on January 26, 2015.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For additional information contact Cathy Williams, Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2918.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This document announces that, on October 1, 2014, OMB approved the information collection requirements contained in the Commission's Report and Order, FCC 13-138, published at 78 FR 77210, December 20, 2013. The OMB Control Number is 3060-1203. The Commission publishes this document as an announcement of the effective date of the requirements. If you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, or how the Commission can improve the collections and reduce any burdens caused thereby, please contact Cathy Williams, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1-C823, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. Please include the OMB Control Number, 3060-1203, in your correspondence. The Commission will also accept your comments via email at PRA@fcc.gov.

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

Synopsis

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it Start Printed Page 3914received OMB approval on October 1, 2014, for the new information collection requirements contained in the Commission's rules at 47 CFR 79.107(c), 79.108(a)(5), 79.108(c) through(e), and 79.110.

Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a current, valid OMB Control Number.

No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number is 3060-1203.

The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507.

The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents are as follows:

OMB Control Number: 3060-1203.

OMB Approval Date: October 1, 2014.

OMB Expiration Date: October 31, 2017.

Title: Section 79.107 User Interfaces Provided by Digital Apparatus; Section 79.108 Video Programming Guides and Menus Provided by Navigation Devices; Section 79.110 Complaint Procedures for User Interfaces, Menus and Guides, and Activating Accessibility Features on Digital Apparatus and Navigation Devices.

Form Number: N/A.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; individuals or households; not-for-profit institutions; and state, local, or tribal governments.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 4,245 respondents; 509,484 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 0.0167 to 5 hours.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; Third party disclosure requirement; Recordkeeping requirement.

Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. The statutory authority for this information collection is contained in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Public Law 111-260, 124 Stat. 2751, and Sections 4(i), 4(j), 303(r), 303(u), 303(aa), 303(bb), and 716(g) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), 303(r), 303(u), 303(aa), 303(bb), and 617(g).

Total Annual Burden: 22,198 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $70,500.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Confidentiality is an issue to the extent that individuals and households provide personally identifiable information. As required by the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a, the FCC published a system of records notice (SORN), FCC/CGB-1, “Informal Complaints, Inquiries, and Requests for Dispute Assistance,” in the Federal Register on August 15, 2014 (79 FR 48152), which became effective on September 24, 2014. The Commission believes that it provides sufficient safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals who file complaints under 47 CFR 79.110.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: The Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for Informal Complaints and Inquiries was completed on June 28, 2007. It may be reviewed at: http://www.fcc.gov/​omd/​privacyact/​Privacy_​Impact_​Assessment.html. The Commission is in the process of updating the PIA to incorporate various revisions to it as a result of revisions to the SORN.

Needs and Uses: On October 31, 2013, in document FCC 13-138, the Commission released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket Nos. 12-108, 12-107, FCC 13-138, adopting rules implementing portions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) related to accessible user interfaces and video programming guides and menus. These rules are codified at 47 CFR 79.107, 79.108, 79.109, and 79.110. Pursuant to section 204 of the CVAA, the Report and Order adopts rules requiring digital apparatus to make appropriate built-in functions (i.e., those used for the reception, play back, or display of video programming) accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Pursuant to section 205 of the CVAA, the Report and Order adopts rules requiring navigation devices to make on-screen text menus and guides for the display or selection of multichannel video programming audibly accessible. The Report and Order also requires Section 204 digital apparatus to provide access to closed captioning and video description through a mechanism that is reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon, and requires Section 205 navigation devices to provide access to closed captioning through a mechanism that is reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Gloria J. Miles,

Federal Register Liaison Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2015-01240 Filed 1-23-15; 8:45 am]

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