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Question What's your oppinion? : New law requires closed captioning and Video description - August 11th 2010, 07:15 PM

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I was just wondering everyone's opinion on the passage of this new act through the Senate, what's your opinion, is this going to be complicated to implement? Does anyone think this isn't necesary and why? (I put that question because a couple of people that are totally blind here where I'm at actually think this isn't necessary and don't like that it's being implemented, so I'm wondering if anyone has that view here on TH.) Do you think it will take time for the top stations to actually implement the new features? And put any additional opinions, or thoughts about this as well, I'll be glad to see everyone's views and opinions. Oh and if I have this in the wrong forum, because i wasn't sure if it'd go here or in current Events or Debates, then you can move it if you need to, sorry if it's in the wrong spot.
Here is the email I received on this:

Senate Passes S. 3304 by Unanimous Consent

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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.

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Due to the extraordinary efforts of advocates across the country and
in Washington, DC, COAT secured a monumental step forward in
accessible technology.

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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:

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-- 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.

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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.

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S. 3304 will now go to the House of Representatives. COAT supports
and expects the House will pass S. 3304 soon.


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Re: What's your oppinion? : New law requires closed captioning and Video description - August 13th 2010, 04:53 AM

I think it's necessary. And a good think. I don't see why it wouldn't be necessary/good.


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