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FCC Looking for Suggestions on CVAA Updates

With an eye toward enhancing technology access for people with disabilities, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments on whether any updates are needed to the rules of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).

The CVAA was enacted more than a decade ago to help ensure that people with disabilities weren’t left behind as technology progressed in the digital age. It covers two broad categories of modern technologies — telecommunications access and video programming — and instituted new accessibility rules for advanced communication services, including, among others:

Most of these rules have been in effect now for years, and many have not been revisited since their initial adoption. Taking into account changes in technology and industry practices, as well as consumer experiences, the FCC is looking for comments on which aspects of the CVAA are working well, where there is room for improvement, and which requirements are not serving their intended purpose or have been superseded by new technologies.

Comments are due June 7, 2021, while replies to comments are due July 6, 2021.