Today IPR filed a report regarding compliance by Internet-based video programming distributors with the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules requiring closed captioning on Internet Protocol (“IP”)-delivered video programming and an associated complaint against Amazon.com for violating the rules. IPR student Jessica Lee, with the help of Dr. Christian Vogler, Director of the Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University, worked during the fall semester to test more than 100 combinations of video programming playback devices, software, platforms, and programs. Jessica worked with Dr. Vogler to summarize the results in a report filed with the FCC on behalf of IPR’s client, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) and several other deaf and hard of hearing consumer groups, including the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH), and the Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO). Jessica also helped prepare a complaint against Amazon, filed on behalf of the consumer groups, for violations of the rules.
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