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Exemptions From Closed Captioning Rules

NOTE: In the event a specified video program or video provider, including distributors (i.e., broadcasters, cable providers, satellite providers) does not meet the exemption criteria in Section 79.1(d), a petition for exemption may be filed with the Commission where the requirement to close caption would be economically burdensome. This economically burdensome petition process is described in detail in the link below entitled: "Requests for Exemption from Commission's Closed Captioning Rules Where Closed Captioning Would Economically Burdensome." Petitions for exemption based on economically burdensome, discussed in Section 79.1(f) of the rules, must be filed with the Commission according to the instructions on the website to be considered pending. Pursuant to the Commission's rules, the programming that is the subject of the economically burdensome exemption petition is exempt while the petition is pending. There is no form for these petitions, and electronic and fax filing is not available.

For additional information on the closed captioning rules, we encourage you to review the 1997 Report and Order (R&O), and the 1998 Reconsideration Order, that adopted the rules, as well as the Closed Captioning Factsheet. Links to these items are found further down on this page. Discussion about the economically burdensome petition standard and process is found in paragraphs 182-205 of the 1997 R&O, and paragraphs 108-112 of the 1998 Reconsideration Order.

Given the high volume of inquiries we are receiving on this issue, we encourage you to closely review the material on the following pages. Since, as noted above, these rules and a phase-in process have been in effect since January 1998, these rules are not new.

As noted above, if you or your programming does not meet one of the self-implementing exemptions in the rule, found at Section 79.1(d), the only process available to seek an exemption is the economically burdensome process, found at Section 79.1(f). We do not grant waivers, and filing a waiver will not exempt your programming from the rules.



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