Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Are You Complying?

Have you complied?

FCC Form 477 filings for data as of December 31, 2014 are due March 1, 2015.

The FCC is "reminding telecommunications service providers, VoIP providers and advanced communications service (“ACS”) providers and equipment manufacturers of their obligation to maintain records of their efforts to implement accessibility requirements, and to annual certify their record-keeping efforts. The April 1, 2015 filing will certify to compliance during 2014."[law monitor]

The FCC’s New Disabilities Access Requirements: What Advanced Communications Service Providers Need to Know Now (Before It’s Too Late) "to ensure that people with disabilities have access to advanced communications services ("ACS")." [kelleydrye]

Who has to comply? Section 716 of the CVAA extends new accessibility requirements to:

Providers of non-interconnected VoIP service (e.g., one-way VoIP)

Providers of electronic messaging service (text, IM)

Providers of interoperable video conferencing service

What has to be done?

There are three separate components to what has to be done to comply: (1) substantive accessibility and useability of services and products requirements, (2) record-keeping requirements and (3) an annual certification filing requirement.

The certification can be completed online in the FCC’s Record-keeping Compliance Certification and Contact Information Registry.

More info HERE and HERE.

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