H.R. 3101, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 is proceeding through the channels of government. See its progress here.
For an insight on what the Bill is and isn’t, here is the first paragraphs of a recent article by Suzanne Robitaille of www.abledbodied.com. For those who say this is just more government intrusion, let us remember that the internet, the airwaves, and so much more, is owned by several tens of millions of hearing and visual impaired citizens, so when we give companies the rights to use our common assets, they should utilize them for the benefit of us all. A Cautious Hooray for Captions:
Amid all the Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary celebrations last week, it’s worth noting that the U.S. House passed a bill that’s crucial to the deaf and hard of hearing population. H.R. 3101 would extend protections from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 — the law that made closed captioning on T.V. mandatory — to the Internet.