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Thursday, September 30, 2010

US aims to improve accessibility of smartphones through new law

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has passed both chambers of Congress in the USA and is expected to be signed by President Obama. In general terms, the new law would require telecommunications equipment to be usable by individuals with disabilities unless it's too difficult or too expensive to arrange this.

For example, mobile phone companies would need to make web browsers and email fully accessible to people with vision loss. They'd also need to make smartphones hearing aid compatible. Similar rules to improve access for people with disabilities would apply to TV broadcasters.

Steve Largent, President and CEO of wireless trade organisation CTIA - The Wireless Association, said "CTIA applauds the passage of S. 3304. This legislation is a great example of what can happen when everyone works to find consensus. We are pleased to support this effort to ensure that every American has access to cutting-edge wireless technology. We congratulate Congressman Markey and Senators Pryor, Kerry and Ensign for their work on the bill."

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10/12/2010 7:07 AM

President Obama signed the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act into US law on 8th October 2010.

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