Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Strengthens Captioning Rules to Enhance Accessibility to Video Programming on TV

Closed captioning is crucial for ensuring that our televised media are fully accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The provision of closed captioning depends upon the coordination of both video programmers and video programming distributors (VPDs) to both generate and deliver high quality caption content to viewers. To date, however, only VPDs have been directly subject to the Commission’s closed captioning rules, leaving half of the responsible parties unaccountable for the quality of their captioning.