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US communications regulator requests caption feedback

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has asked the public to provide feedback on the need to revise its caption rules. This follows an earlier consultation process, conducted in 2005, which resulted in a revision of the caption complaint process, and required television stations to make contact information easily available for consumers who wish to complain about problems with captions.

The FCC notes that a number of developments have taken place since the last invitation for feedback, called a ‘Notice of Proposed Rulemaking’, was issued. These include the achievement of many of the FCC’s caption benchmarks, the switch from analog to digital television in the US, and advances in captioning technology including speech-to-text (or voice recognition) technology.

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