The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice to remind people about new accessibility requirements that became effective on December 20, 2016.
The new accessibility rules apply to equipment designed to receive or play back video programming and manufactured or leased on or after December 20, 2016. For example, television and set-top box controls, menus, and program guides must be accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. There are also requirements for simple and easy-to-use ways to activate closed captioning and video description. The Public Notice also explains the process for filing complaints related to these accessibility requirements.
A fact sheet summarizing the accessibility requirements for television and set-top box controls, menus, and program guides is available on the FCC’s website. The fact sheet also contains information on how to file a complaint.
For more information contact Will Schell, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at 202-418-0767 or by email at Will.Schell@fcc.gov. Those using American Sign Language (ASL) can call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275.