On April 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes expanding the number of broadcast designated market areas required to pass through audio description from the top 60 markets to the top 100, and to use the term “audio description” instead of the term “video description.”
On May 21, 2020, the Media Bureau of the FCC released a public notice announcing the NPRM comment due dates; comments are due June 22, 2020, and reply comments are due July 6, 2020.
Read the NPRM text here Interested parties may file comments on their own.
access the Electronic Comment Filing System, reference MB Docket No. 11-43
All filings must reference MB Docket No. 11-43. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments may Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance
The ACB National Office will file consolidated comments for this NPRM.
contribute to ACB comments or have ACB file comments on your behalf
. The comment due date is Monday, June 22, and ACB requests responses by Friday, June 19.
Include your Name: Address: City: State: Phone Number: Email Address plus the following:
Do you think the FCC should harmonize its terminology and use the industry agreed upon term “audio description” same as the rest of the federal government?
And if you do not currently receive audio description, please share with us what it would mean for you to have greater access to information and entertainment through receiving audio described content from broadcast television.
Part One The NPRM seeks to modernize the terminology in the Commission’s regulations to use the term audio description rather than video description. The term “audio description” is used by the rest of the federal government and is the term used in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, “audio description” is the agreed upon international terminology for audibly describing the visual elements of videos, on-stage performances, and subjects at museum and art galleries.
Part Two Please complete if you do not currently receive audio description passed through by your four main local broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, & NBC).
Current list of broadcast markets required to pass through audio description
The NPRM seeks to expand the Commission’s video description regulations by phasing in an additional 10 designated market areas each year for four years, beginning on January 1, 2021. This would increase the number of broadcast designated market areas required to pass through audio description from the top 60 markets to the top 100 markets by the end of 2024.