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Posted on Oct 8, 2010 in Advocacy |

Congress Passes 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010

The AG Bell Association worked very closely with the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) to help get this important legislation passed. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010” by a voice vote September 28 at 9:28 pm.

Among other provisions, the legislation requires telecom equipment used to make calls over the Internet to be compatible with hearing aids, provides for captioning on new TV programs online, and mandates that remote controls have a button or similar mechanism to easily access the closed captioning on broadcast and pay TV.

“This legislation paves the way for a brighter future for anyone with a hearing loss who needs access to information on the Internet and to equipment,” said Brenda Battat, executive director of HLAA. “As we all become more and more dependent on the Internet, this legislation will ensure people with hearing loss are included and able to enjoy its benefits.”

The Michigan Chapter submitted testimony in support of closed captioning at movie theaters.