ANALYSIS BY JESSICA NYMAN

FCC Video Description Plan May Spark Debate

At Thursday’s Open Meeting, the FCC tentatively concluded that the substantial benefits of adopting additional video description requirements would outweigh the costs of the proposed requirements, and therefore adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recommending an update to and expansion of its video description rules. The text of the NPRM and comment deadlines have yet to be released, but it’s already sounding like the FCC will be in for a lively debate.

FCC Wants To Increase Video Descriptions

The commission moves to expand the amount of, and access to, video-described programming for the benefit of the blind or visually impaired to include the top 10 cable networks and seeks comments on how to make it easier to access. It approves the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and seeks comments from the public. Commissioners Pai and O’Reilly say the plan to increase the number of hours and networks included exceeds the FCC’s authority.