On July 21, 2020, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice (the “Notice”) seeking comment on the Commission’s tentative findings on the accessibility and usability of telecommunications and advanced communications services (“ACS”) in connection with the 2020 Biennial Report, which must be submitted to Congress by October 8, 2020, as required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”).

 

In response to a prior Public Notice released on March 3, 2020, the Commission received comments from the American Council of the Blind (“ACB”), Consumer Technology Association (“CTA”), CTIA – The Wireless Association (“CTIA”), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (“Wireless RERC”), and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. et al. (“TDI et al.”) on industry compliance with various sections of the Communications Act of 1934 requiring telecommunications and advanced communications services and equipment to be accessible and usable by people with disabilities and that mobile phone browsers be accessible and usable by people who are blind or visually impaired. The Commission’s tentative findings are attached to the Notice. The Commission seeks comment on whether these tentative findings represent the current state of accessibility and usability of telecommunications equipment and services, ACS, and Internet browsers, or whether there should be revisions to the findings.

 

Comments are due August 4, 2020, referring to CG Docket No. 10-213.

 

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