So it seems like we have been posting about Closed Captioning issues at least once a month recently, and this month is no exception as word comes now that the FCC is expecting to ratchet up enforcement of its closed captioning rules as it has now become easier for consumers to file complaints directly to the
FCC Releases New Version of the Public and Broadcasting and Sets Up Help Desk for Broadcast Complaints
The Public and Broadcasting is a document first written by the FCC in the 1970s to tell the public about how the FCC regulates broadcast stations, and to tell the public how they can get involved in the regulatory process. Broadcasters must maintain a copy of the manual in their public file, and make it available to members of the public who request it. For years, the manual was grossly out of date, finally being updated a few years ago. Today, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that they have once again updated The Public and Broadcasting, and that all stations need to place the new version in their public file. The new version, with a new subtitle "How to Get the Most Service from Your Local Station" can be found here. Stations should print that document, and place it in their public file.
The manual is updated, and sets out most of the programming and other operational rules that would be of interest to the public. The manual seems to be objective – pointing out that most programming decisions are left to the broadcast licensee to avoid violating the Freedom of Speech rights of the broadcaster.
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