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TDI eNotes – September 29, 2010

21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010 Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

On Tuesday September 28, 2010, 9:28 p.m., the “21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010” passed by a voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This was the last legislative hurdle for a bill that all of us began working on several years ago. Next stop is the White House when President Obama will sign the measure, putting it into law. After that, implementation and enforcement processes start at the Federal Communications Commission, the federal agency with most responsibility.

Passed by the House was the Senate bill, S. 3304, and S. 3828, a “technical amendments” bill that fixed some typos in the version the Senate had passed August 5th. As you may recall, earlier, on July 26th, the House had passed its version of the bill, H.R. 3101.

Yesterday evening’s passage of the bill culminates a legislative process that has involved four hearings, six different bills, intensive education & awareness activities with various companies and trade associations, and extensive lobbying and advocacy by COAT leaders from our over 310 affiliate member representatives.  Advocates are thrilled that the legislative process is now over and we can look forward to the next stages of implementation. With over a dozen rulemakings expected from the FCC over the next several years, the requirements of the Act will take time to have full effect.

“TDI joins COAT and its 310+ affiliates in celebrating this milestone, which goes a long way in shaping an accessible world,” said Claude Stout, Executive Director.  “We look forward to the enactment and implementation of this historic bill so that our members can enjoy greater access to telecommunications, media and information technology.”