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FCC Seeks Comments on Communications Technologies' Accessibility

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a notice (please see below) seeking public comments on its tentative findings regarding the accessibility of communications technologies, equipment, and services; the input received will inform the final report that the FCC submits to Congress later this year. The Commission's definition of the communications technologies space includes VoIP and videoconferencing as well as mobile devices, so campus experiences in those areas may be particularly helpful. If you think you may have information or insights to share, please review the notice and follow the instructions to submit comments online. The document covers 22 pages, but a quick scan will show that the parts of interest to EDUCAUSE members are relatively brief and easy to find. Please note, though, that the comment deadline falls shortly after the Labor Day holiday, so the timeframe for response is tight.

On August 23, 2012, the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice asking for comment on its tentative findings about the accessibility of communications technologies.  Public comment will assist the Commission in assessing the following:

  • the level of compliance with requirements that telecommunications and advanced communications services and equipment be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities;
  • the effect of requirements for related recordkeeping and enforcement on the development and deployment of new communications technologies; and
  • the extent to which accessibility barriers still exist with respect to new communications technologies.

This information will help inform the FCC’s first report to Congress about these issues, which is required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) and is due October 8, 2012. 

Links to the Public Notice Below: Comment Deadline:  September 6, 2012

For more information:  contact Rosaline Crawford, Disability Rights Office, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, at 202-418-2075 or


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