Don’t let the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Entertainment Software Association (ESA) persuade the FCC to exempt them from closed-captioning Internet video. Read the article below and click the links to read the actual petition; then, write to the FCC to uphold the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) that President Obama signed into law.
Don’t let Internet video bulldogs bulldoze closed-captioning in the name of progress
4 responses to “Don’t let Internet video bulldogs bulldoze closed-captioning in the name of progress”
The author of the article you link to got confused and conflated two things: Internet captioning and advanced communication services (which are basically Internet telephony, text0based messaging services, and videoconferencing services). The two petitions mentioned are about an exemption from the requirement to make advanced communication services accessible and have nothing to do with the captioning issue.
CEA is not disputing the timeframe for closed captions on the Internet (only whether DVD and BluRay players must support closed captions). ESA has not been involved in the captioning issues at all, if I remember correctly (and a search in proceedings 11-154 comes up blank). However, there is another trade group called the Digital Media Association (DiMA), and *that* one wants to delay the timeframe for Internet captions. It is not mentioned in the article, though.
To make matters even more intriguing, Google is a DiMA member, but refused to sign on to DiMA’s requests for a delay outright.
Did I mention that the author of the article is confused? 🙂
In a nutshell, the proceedings to watch are:
Advanced Communication Services: 10-213, 96-198, and 10-145