FCC Proposes to Update Rules Promoting Accessibility to Advanced Communications for People with Disabilities

As part of its implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), the Federal Communications Commission issued three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. The CVAA is considered the most significant piece of accessibility legislation since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The CVAA has modernized existing communications laws to ensure that people with disabilities can share fully in the economic, social and civic benefits of broadband and other 21st century communication technologies.

The first notice seeks to ensure that the 54 million people with disabilities living in the United States can fully use advanced communications services, equipment and networks. The Communications Act now requires telecommunications and interconnected Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) manufacturers to provide such access. Until now, many people with disabilities lacked full access to the benefits of rapid technological changes in advanced communications. Wireless handsets have evolved into multi-media devices capable of accessing the Internet, sending e-mails or text messages, and enabling video conversations.

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