[tabi] announce] press release: COAT bill

  • From: "K4NKZ Jim" <k4nkz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 21:08:41 -0400

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For Immediate Release


Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

(202) 467-5081


Rep. Edward Markey Re-Introduces The Twenty-First Century Communications and
Video Accessibility Act, H.R. 3101

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 -- Late Friday night, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA)
re-introduced the Twenty-First Century communications and Video
Accessibility Act, comprehensive legislation designed to expand access for
people who are blind or have other disabilities to telecommunications
equipment and video programming.

"It is imperative that we restore the modest requirements for production of
video description to primetime television and extend them to digital TV and
the internet, require non visual access to onscreen emergency warnings, and
require visual menus to be accessible.  Contrary to the commonly held notion
about the blind, we do watch television, go to movies, buy DVD's and
participate actively on the web.  The American Council of the Blind is
committed to the concept that equal access to these media is critically
important for full integration into mainstream society," said Mitch
Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind.

About the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

This legislation would:

- require that mobile and other Internet-based telecommunications devices
have accessible user interfaces, and offer people with disabilities use of a
full range of text messaging and other popular services that are currently
largely inaccessible;

- provide people who are deaf-blind with vital but costly technologies they
need to communicate electronically,

- restore the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) modest video
description rules and unambiguously establish the Commission's current and
ongoing authority to expand such regulations, require emergency
announcements and similar information to be accessible to people with
disabilities through audible presentation of on-screen alerts,

- ensure that video programming offered via the Internet will be  described,
and call for all devices that receive and playback video programming to
employ accessible user interfaces and allow ready access to  description;

- strengthen consumers' ability to enforce their rights to communications
and video accessibility through the establishment of a clearinghouse of
information about service and equipment accessibility and usability, a
meaningful FCC complaint process that holds industry accountable for their
accessibility obligations, and judicial review of FCC action to ensure the
Commission's own accountability.

About the American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind is the largest consumer-based organization
of blind and visually impaired Americans advocating for the rights of blind
Americans. Comprised of more than 70 affiliates across the United States,
the organization is dedicated to making it possible for blind and visually
impaired Americans to participate fully in all aspects of American society.
For more information, visit www.acb.org; write to American Council of the
Blind, 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201; phone (202)
467-5081; or fax (703) 465-5085.

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