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Ofcom reveals UK television’s spotless access record


The UK's media and communications regulator, Ofcom, has not reported a breach of access requirements on UK television in over 15 months.

British television, including digital terrestrial, subscription and digital multichannels are required to meet specific captioning, sign language and audio description levels as part of their broadcast licence conditions.

Ofcom publishes a bi-monthly Broadcast Bulletin detailing any incidents or breaches of broadcast licence conditions, including requirements for television access services.

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Ofcom proposes expanded UK telephone relay service


Ofcom, the UK’s media and communications regulator, has released a Review of Relay Services, proposing a number of expansions to the current telephone relay service for people who are Deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired.

Having completed substantial research in the area, the UK Review of Relay Services proposes:

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US delays web access requirements


The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has delayed the introduction of formal web access requirements for commercial and public organisations until at least 2013.

The DOJ has advised that it will not publish a ‘Notice of Proposed Rule Making’ (NPRM) relating to web access obligations until December 2012. An NPRM is the final step in the process of regulation formulation before a rule is actually created, meaning that formal regulations are unlikely until the following year at least.

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UN releases report on international ICT accessibility


The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ICT), an arm of the United Nations, has released a report on international developments in ICT accessibility, finding a gap between countries’ commitment and real-world implementation.

The ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2010 ICT Accessibility Progress Report’ has found that, while many countries have statements of commitment on the rights of people with disabilities to access ICT, much more work is needed to implement real access solutions.

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