Digital Disability Access Bill Passes Senate

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The Senate Wednesday night passed S. 3828, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, a bill that updates disability access to communications services elements of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

The bill was passed with some "technical corrections" -- it was not clear at press time just what the impact of those were -- and now heads to the House.

The bill takes a number of steps to update the Telecommunications Act disability access provisions to reflect the rise of broadband, including reinstating the Federal Communications Commission's video description rules, which were tossed by a court in 1992, and applying closed captioning rules to online video as well as TV.

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