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
PUBLIC NOTICE Federal Communications Commission 445 12 th 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 NOTICE OF DISMISSALS OF CLOSED CAPTIONING EXEMPTION PETITIONS AND OBLIGATION TO BEGIN PROVIDING CLOSED CAPTIONING 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. 1 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.” 2 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. 3 Accordingly, their petitions are dismissed without prejudice as of February 27, 2014, the release date of this Notice. 4 1 47 C.F.R. § 79.1. The names of the petitioners are set forth in the Appendix to this Notice. 2 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f). 3 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. 4 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 dismissal. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to email@example.com 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- burdensome-exemption-closed-captioning-requirements. 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. APPENDIX Petitions for Closed Captioning Exemptions Dismissed February 27, 2014 Case Identifier CGB-CC- 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 Church Edgewood Baptist Church Attn: James Wilson Associate Pastor, Administration 3564 Forrest Road Columbus, GA 31907 0225 First Baptist Church “Crossroads” First Baptist Church Attn: Patti Shoemaker Church Administrator 305 S. Perry Street Montgomery, AL 36104 0318 First United Methodist Church - Lufkin “First United Methodist this Morning” First United Methodist Church - Lufkin Attn: James Dunbar Evangelism Committee Chairperson 805 E. Denman Avenue Lufkin, TX 75901 0327 Cathedral of the Palms “Faith Talk” First Assembly of God, Cathedral of the Palms Attn: David Farjardo Business Administrator 3401 S. Alameda Street Corpus Christi, TX 78411 0478 Off Beat Productions “Off Beat Cinema” Off Beat Productions, “Off Beat Cinema” c/o LipsitzGreenScimeCambia, LLP Attn: Barry Nelson Covert 42 Delaware Avenue, Suite 120 Buffalo, NY 14202-3924 0521 Victory Ministries International “Inside Victory,” “Man Up,” and “Conversations” Victory Ministries International Attn: Schavonna Williams Media Department 4613 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212 0537 New Testament Church “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 Magazine “Television Show of Homes” For Sale by Owner and Builder Magazine Attn: Debra M. Brimberry, Co-owner 1314 Biggers Road Columbus, GA 31904 0743 Grace Baptist Church “The Miracle of Grace” Grace Baptist Church Attn: Tommy Shaver Worship Arts Associate 7171 Oak Ridge Highway Knoxville, TN 37931 0819 Voice of Freedom, INC. Voice of Freedom, INC. Attn: Pastor John W. Hill, President 2292 Floyd Harris Road Greenville, NC 27833 0820 Archery Adventures, LLC “Accept the Challenge” Archery Adventures, LLC Attn: Brad Frost, Co-Owner 8628 Freedom Trail Midland, GA 31820 0923 Five and Dime Productions “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me, America” 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 Owner/Manager P.O. Box 2099 Muncie, IN 47307 1081 Kingdom Ambassadors Global Ministries “R.A.W. Truth” Kingdom Ambassadors Global Ministries Attn: Heather Jordan KAGM Board of Directors 194-18 120 th Avenue 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 Integral “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 International Christian Center “Tipping Point” Trailblazers International Christian Center 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 Association “Grace Believers Bible Study” Berean Bible Study Association Attn: Bernice M. Moore Director/Secretary 204 Tower Drive Pensacola, FL 32534 1240 Watch Fatboy Films “Industry Chaos” Watch Fatboy Films Attn: Christopher Woodard, Jr. 817 Henry Street Portsmouth, VA 23704 1243 Leon Charney Media Foundation, Inc. “Leon Charney Report” Leon Charney Media Foundation, Inc. Attn: Limei Wang Media Director 1441 Broadway, 31F New York, NY 10016 1249 Ken Hobbs “All the Way Live TV” All the Way Live TV Attn: Ken Hobbs Executive Producer P.O. Box 561 Monroe, LA 71210 -FCC-