[announce] Message from COAT Steering Committee
ebridges at acb.org
Fri Aug 6 03:12:54 GMT 2010
Senate Passes S. 3304 by Unanimous Consent
COAT celebrates the passage of the Twenty-first Century Communications
and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (S. 3304) by the U.S. Senate on
August 5, 2010, by unanimous consent.
Due to the extraordinary efforts of advocates across the country and
in Washington, DC, COAT secured a monumental step forward in
Earlier this week, Senator Pryor (D-AR) introduced an amendment to
improve S. 3304. S. 3304, as amended, was passed by U.S. Senate by
unanimous consent. Like H.R. 3101, which was passed on July 26, 2010,
S. 3304 will also:
-- Require captioned television programs to be captioned when
delivered over the Internet.
-- Authorize the FCC to require 7 hours per week of video description
on the top 4 network channels and top 5 cable channels nationwide.
-- Allocate up to $10 million per year for equipment used by
individuals who are deaf-blind.
-- Require televised emergency information to be accessible to
individuals who are blind or have low vision.
-- Require accessible advanced communications equipment and services,
such as text messaging and e-mail.
-- Require access to Internet services that are built-in to mobile
telephone devices, like smart phones, if achievable.
-- Require devices of any size to be capable of displaying closed
captioning, delivering available video description, and making
emergency information accessible.
-- Require accessible user controls for televisions and set-top boxes,
and easy access to closed captioning and video description.
-- And more.
For more information, see the section-by-section summary of what S.
3304 (as amended) will do for us at http://www.coataccess.org/node/9776.
S. 3304 will now go to the House of Representatives. COAT supports
and expects the House will pass S. 3304 soon.
Job well done, everyone! Like the ADA 20 years ago, you are making
For the COAT Steering Committee
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