Non-compliance with Captioning over the Internet Rules Results on a $3.5 Million Fine for Pluto TV & ViacomCBS

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined Pluto TV & ViacomCBS $3.5 million for non-compliance with the captioning over the internet rules. This is the first action taken over an internet video provider regarding the violation of the internet protocol closed captioning rules. Pluto, besides failing to make the captions available, also failed in making contact information available for the reception and handling of captioning complaints.

2021 Started with Audio Description Available in More Areas of the Country

As of January 1, 10 more areas of the country are covered by the legal audio description requirements. Stations affiliated with ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC in Knoxville, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Dayton, Lexington, Tucson (Sierra Vista), Honolulu, Green Bay-Appleton, Des Moines-Ames, Roanoke-Lynchburg, and Spokane, must provide at least 87.5 hours of audio description per quarter in their programming.

FCC Celebrates the 10TH Anniversary of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act with an Event on October 8th

The Federal Communications Commission will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and its importance in building a more accessible telecommunications world for people with disabilities, with a public program on October 8, 2020. The event starts at 2 p.m. ET and lasts 2 hours. It will be virtual and can be viewed online at www.fcc.gov/live.