The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)

The CVAA, passed in 2010, is the source of several new regulations aimed at telecommunications technology providers. Most of these were designed to move accessibility into the digital age, which was only beginning when the Telecommunications Act was passed in 1996. For example, CVAA regulations cover VoIP, whether connected to the “regular” telephone network or not, leveling the VoIP playing field. Most modern workplace desktop phone systems use VoIP. CVAA also covers web browsers that are built into mobile devices, electronic messaging, and interoperable videoconferencing. The CVAA is enforced by the FCC, which has issued various documents over the last few years clarifying sections of the new regulations.

Technology Angle

The entire law is relevant to accessible technology and it is designed to ensure access to broadband, digital, and mobile innovations by people with disabilities.

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