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Monday, April 28, 2014

Organizations that have applied for and been denied exemption to provide Captions for Deaf and and Hard of Hearing

The FCC actually keeps track of applicants that have filed to be exempt from captioning.

It amazes me how many churches or faith based organizations file with the FCC to be exempt from providing captions for the deaf and hearing impaired citizens (yes, 'hearing impaired' is an acceptable term many of us use who have lost our hearing) of our country. If they are financially healthy, they should simply stop discriminating against people with hearing loss and deafness and provide captions. It is the right thing to do.

If your church or organization provides ASL interpreting, but not captions, that is discrimination. Showing preferential treatment of one group over another is discrimination. #StopHearingLossBullying

Here is a list of those that have filed and been denied exemption.

Oregon Communication Access Project (OR-CAP) posted this link to the FCC webpage where this information is found: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0227/DA-14-267A

Federal Communications Commission
445 12
St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov
TTY: 1-888-835-5322
DA 14-267
Released:  February 27, 2014  
CG Docket No. 06-181
By this Notice, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Consumer 
and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) announces the dismissal of the petitions for exemption from 
the Commission’s closed captioning requirements listed herein.
The Commission’s closed captioning rules allow video programming providers, producers, or 
owners to obtain an exemption from the closed captioning requirements if they demonstrate that 
providing captions on their programming would be “economically burdensome.”
  On various dates, the 
petitioners listed in the Appendix filed petitions for closed captioning exemptions under these rules.  The 
Bureau then placed each of these petitions on public notice.  After reviewing the comments received in 
response to these petitions, the Bureau determined that it required additional and updated information to 
evaluate whether the programming at issue should be exempted from the FCC’s closed captioning 
requirements because captioning such programming would impose an economic burden on the 
petitioners.  The Bureau sent letters to these petitioners requesting this supplemental information within 
30 days of the date of each letter. In these letters, the Bureau advised these petitioners that failure to 
respond would result in dismissal of their petitions for failure to support their exemption requests with 
adequate explanation and evidence.  The Bureau further advised petitioners that, in the event of such 
dismissal, petitioners would be required to begin providing closed captioning on the programming at issue 
within 90 days of the date of the Bureau’s notification of dismissal.
The petitioners listed in the Appendix failed to respond to the Bureau’s letter requesting 
supplemental information.
  Accordingly, their petitions are dismissed without prejudice as of February 
27, 2014, the release date of this Notice.
47 C.F.R. § 79.1.  The names of the petitioners are set forth in the Appendix to this Notice.  
47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f).
One of the Bureau’s letters requesting additional and updated information, dated September 26, 2013 to petitioner 
Ken Hobbs (CGB-CC-1249), was returned to the Commission as undeliverable on October 17, 2013.  Several 
attempts to contact the petitioner were unsuccessful.  The Bureau therefore includes this petition in this notice of 
dismissals for having failed to respond.
The release of this Notice serves as the Bureau’s notification of dismissal to these petitioners.  The Bureau will also 
mail a copy of this Notice to each of the petitioners listed in the Appendix.
This Notice also reminds these petitioners of their obligations to comply with the FCC’s closed 
captioning requirements contained in Part 79 of the Commission’s rules with regard to the programming 
that was the subject of their petitions by May 28, 2014, which is 90 days after the release of this Notice of 
To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, 
electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice) or 202-418-0432 (TTY).  This Public Notice can also be down-
loaded in Word and Portable Document Format at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/economically-
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Contacts:  Caitlin Vogus, (202) 418-1264,
Caitlin.Vogus@fcc.gov; or Suzy Rosen Singleton, (202) 510-9446, Suzy.Singleton@fcc.gov.
Petitions for Closed Captioning Exemptions Dismissed 
February 27, 2014
Case Identifier
Petitioner Program Name Mailing Address
0137 Abundant Faith 
Christian Center
“Faith for Today” Abundant Faith Christian Center, “Faith 
for Today”
Attn:  Ron Rhone
2525 Taylor Avenue
Springfield, IL  62703
0201 Edgewood Baptist 
Edgewood Baptist Church
Attn:  James Wilson
Associate Pastor, Administration 
3564 Forrest Road
Columbus, GA  31907
0225 First Baptist 
“Crossroads” First Baptist Church
Attn:  Patti Shoemaker
Church Administrator
305 S. Perry Street
Montgomery, AL  36104
0318 First United 
Methodist Church -
“First United 
Methodist this 
First United Methodist Church - Lufkin
Attn:  James Dunbar
Evangelism Committee Chairperson 
805 E. Denman Avenue
Lufkin, TX  75901
0327 Cathedral of the 
“Faith Talk” First Assembly of God, Cathedral of the 
Attn:  David Farjardo
Business Administrator
3401 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, TX  78411
0478 Off Beat 
“Off Beat Cinema” Off Beat Productions, “Off Beat 
c/o LipsitzGreenScimeCambia, LLP
Attn:  Barry Nelson Covert
42 Delaware Avenue, Suite 120
Buffalo, NY 14202-3924
0521 Victory Ministries 
“Inside Victory,” 
“Man Up,” and
Victory Ministries International
Attn:  Schavonna Williams
Media Department
4613 York Road
Baltimore, MD  21212
0537 New Testament 
“Glory to Glory” New Testament Church
Attn:  Karen Suskie Morrissey
188 Main Street
New York Mills, NY  13417
0695 For Sale by Owner 
and Builder 
“Television Show of 
For Sale by Owner and Builder 
Attn:  Debra M. Brimberry, Co-owner
1314 Biggers Road
Columbus, GA  31904
0743 Grace Baptist 
“The Miracle of 
Grace Baptist Church
Attn:  Tommy Shaver
Worship Arts Associate
7171 Oak Ridge Highway
Knoxville, TN  37931
0819 Voice of Freedom, 
Voice of Freedom, INC.
Attn:  Pastor John W. Hill, President
2292 Floyd Harris Road
Greenville, NC  27833
0820 Archery 
Adventures, LLC
“Accept the 
Archery Adventures, LLC
Attn:  Brad Frost, Co-Owner
8628 Freedom Trail
Midland, GA  31820
0923 Five and Dime 
“You’ve Got To Be 
Kidding Me, 
Five and Dime Productions
Attn:  Larry Swanson, CEO
461 Woodburn S.W.
Byron Center, MI  49315
0973 Andrew S. Phipps “Phipps Gospel Sing” Phipps Gospel Sing
Attn:  Andrew S. Phipps
P.O. Box 2099
Muncie, IN  47307
1081 Kingdom 
Global Ministries
“R.A.W. Truth” Kingdom Ambassadors Global 
Attn:  Heather Jordan
KAGM Board of Directors
194-18 120
St. Albans, NY  11412
1133 The Africa Channel The Africa Channel
Attn:  Bob Reid
EVP and General Manager
5200 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 750
North Hollywood, CA  91601
1192 Abundant Life 
Evangelistic Center
“Life in the City” Abundant Life Evangelistic Centr
Attn:  Jason L. Johnson
Founder & Senior Pastor
172 Rodenberg Avenue
Biloxi, MS  39531
1216 Casa Sobre la Roca 
Iglesia Cristina 
“Hechos y Cronicas” Casa Sobre la Roca
Iglesia Cristiana Integral
Attn:  Rev. Fernando Garcia
Senior Pastor 
2149 Orinoco Drive, Suite 1
Orlando, FL  32837
1220 Trailblazers 
Christian Center
“Tipping Point” Trailblazers International Christian 
Attn:  Pam Phillips
7509 Fairwind Drive
Baltimore, MD  21244
1222 Ghettothropic LLC “The Other Side” Ghettothropic LLC
Attn:  Tyrone Bynum
547 Pine Meadow Lane Northeast
Ada, MI  49301
1237 Berean Bible Study 
“Grace Believers 
Bible Study”
Berean Bible Study Association
Attn:  Bernice M. Moore
204 Tower Drive
Pensacola, FL  32534
1240 Watch Fatboy 
“Industry Chaos” Watch Fatboy Films
Attn:  Christopher Woodard, Jr.
817 Henry Street
Portsmouth, VA  23704
1243 Leon Charney 
Media Foundation, 
“Leon Charney 
Leon Charney Media Foundation, Inc.
Attn:  Limei Wang
Media Director
1441 Broadway, 31F
New York, NY  10016
1249 Ken Hobbs “All the Way Live 
All the Way Live TV
Attn:  Ken Hobbs
Executive Producer 
P.O. Box 561
Monroe, LA  71210

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