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TIA Files Comments with FCC on Proposed Rules for Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

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TIA Files Comments with FCC on Proposed Rules for Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

ARLINGTON, VA (July 16, 2013) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, July 15 on proposed rules regarding the accessibility of user interfaces, and video programming guides and menus, per the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

In its filing, TIA said that the Commission should ensure that its scope interpretations of Sections 204 and 205 fully reflect Congressional intent, and the evaluation of applicability of Sections 204 and 205 to devices using the design intent of the manufacturer.  TIA noted that the FCC can best ensure accessibility to essential functions for those with visual impairments by appropriately limiting requirements where Congress intended, embracing technology neutral requirements, using safe harbors, and avoiding the mandate of a single step activation of closed captioning and video description features.  TIA also stated its support for a three-year phase in period for devices subject to the rules.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details. 

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.

 

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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