President Obama signs Accessibility Bill for Increased Web Video Captioning

October 8, 2010 BY JOSH MILLER
Updated: January 4, 2018

This afternoon, President Obama is expected to sign the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.  The new law, originally introduced by Rep. Ed Markey as H.R. 3101, will mandate further captioning requirements for video online.  This is a very exciting step forward for the millions of Americans who are hearing impaired.

The legislation initially applies to any video content that originally aired as television programming.  As web video continues to grow, the push for expanded regulation will likely grow louder.  While the benefits of transcripts and captions are significant, regulation of such applications is a delicate matter.  For more of our thoughts, please read a recent post of ours on the new Accessibility Act.

What do you think?  Is this the beginning of more legislation to come?

Read the free report: 2017 State of Captioning.

The closed caption CC icon shown in the middle of a TV.