FCC Announces Implementation Schedule for New Closed Captioning Rules
On January 13, 2012, the FCC released a Report and Order adopting rules for closed captioning of video programming delivered using Internet protocol (the “IP closed captioning rules”). These new closed captioning rules were published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012, and will generally become effective 30 days later, on April 30, 2012.
The IP closed captioning rules apply to non-exempt full-length programming and will be implemented according to the following schedule:
The Commission also adopted new closed captioning requirements for equipment designed to receive, play back, or record video programming (such as televisions, set-top boxes, computers, smartphones, tablets, DVD players, and digital video recorders). These rules apply to equipment manufactured or imported into the United States on or after January 1, 2014.
Report and Order released January 13, 2012:
Public Notice on Effective Date of New IP Closed Captioning Rules released March 30, 2012:
For further questions, please contact Diana Sokolow at (202) 418-2120 or Jeffrey Neumann at (202) 418-7000.