[Athen] In the NEWS -

Laurie Vasquez vasquez at sbcc.edu
Tue Feb 3 11:39:49 PST 2015

For your information

FCC rules implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video
Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) require equipment used for advanced
communications services (ACS) to be accessible to individuals with
disabilities. The FCC may waive these ACS accessibility requirements for
devices that are capable of accessing ACS, but are designed primarily for
purposes other than using ACS.

On January 28, 2015, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
extended the waiver it granted in 2014 for basic e-readers for one year –
until January 28, 2016. Basic e-readers that qualify for the waiver are
designed primarily for the purpose of reading text-based digital works,
such as books, and must meet each of the following requirements:

- The device has no LCD screen, but rather utilizes a screen that is
designed to optimize reading.
- The device has no camera.
- The device is not offered or shipped to consumers with built-in ACS
client applications and the device manufacturer does not develop ACS
application s for its respective device, but the device may be offered or
shipped to consumers with a browser and social media applications.
- The device is marketed to consumers as a reading device and
promotional material about the device does not tout the capability to
access ACS.

For further information, contact Rosaline Crawford, Disability Rights
Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-2075 or
Rosaline.Crawford at fcc.gov.

Links to the Waiver Extension Order:

Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-117A1.docx

PDF: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-117A1.pdf

Text: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-117A1.txt
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