The FCC released a Second FNPRM yesterday asking whether video programmers (networks, syndicators, and other programming producers) should file contact information and closed captioning certifications directly with the Commission and whether broadcasters and MVPDs should be tasked with monitoring programmers’ compliance.

The Second FNPRM comes just one month before new rules requiring broadcasters and MVPDs to seek certifications from video programmers regarding their compliance with new captioning quality practices become effective (pending publication of the new rules in the Federal Register).  In addition, an FNPRM released in February 2014 remains pending that proposes to shift the compliance burden for television closed captioning to video programmers from broadcasters and MVPDs.

Comments and reply comments for the Second FNRPM are due 20 and 30 days, respectively, after publication in the Federal Register.

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