President To Sign Video Accessibility Bill Friday

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President Obama is scheduled to sign the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Bill at a White House ceremony Friday Oct. 8, according to Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the driving forces behind the bill.

The legislation updates the disability access provisions of communications law to insure access to new digital media and reinstates the Federal Communications Commission's video description rules, which were thrown out by the courts.

Among the updates are making smart phones and other portable devices accessible and eventually requiring closed captioning of online video content.