New Communications Law Mandates Closed Captioning on Internet

Friday, October 08, 2010

Today, President Obama signs into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. For the millions of Americans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, the new law will require all videos first broadcast on television and then distributed on the internet to come with closed captioning. The people who will make closed captioning possible are court reporters, who transcribe conversations in real time.

We talk with Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, president of the National Court Reporters Association about what this means for her profession, as well as the deaf and hard of hearing community.


Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [2]

JANET Parker from East Moline,Il. 61244

Hello i am deaf and must require to have capitoning on internet i dont know how to do that i am not very talent on that i need your help pls keep captioning pls i try to be seek that on internet.
let me know ,thank

Aug. 11 2012 01:01 PM
Audrey Lee

About closed-caption, I am visiting a relative in Stuart,Florida,and they have Comcast cable. I put the television on CC but it does not work. The xffinity seems not to support caption. I am very frustrated because I cannot hear the tv. I hope the government look into this because cable television forget deaf and hard of hearing people want to be entertain too.

Aug. 02 2011 07:30 PM

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