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President To Sign Video Accessibility Bill

The President is scheduled to sign the 21st
Century Communications & Video Accessibility Bill at a White House ceremony
Friday (Oct. 8), according to Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the driving
forces behind the bill.

The legislation updates the disability access
provisions of communications law to ensure access to new digital media and
reinstates the FCC's video description rules, which were thrown out by the

Among the updates are making smart phones and other portable devices
accessible and eventually requiring closed captioning of online video content.