Information or Communication Encoding - 1194.23(j)

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Doug

This next provision mainly the way you test it is if a TTY signal passes through the system to another TTY, that function works, obviously. If captioning is being used, and this was a cross between this and multimedia, if you are using captioning on, and it'd be more likely to happen on an in-house system, within an office building, and captioning is added, at that particular spectrum of the broadcast area. But, somewhere down the line, because that's not part of the main picture, it gets filtered out. Under this provision, that's what this is addressing.

Deborah

So, it has to do with video conferencing, primarily right?

Doug

Right, this would be video conferencing especially. However, it could be prepared presentations that were for in-house use. It's the sort of thing that human resources might have videotapes on sexual harassment...

Deborah

But, this is in the telecom section. This is in the telecom section though.

Doug

Here's an interesting problem.

Deborah

Because videoconferencing used to be provided by telecommunications, it's now, really not used, it's web-based now.

Doug

This is in telecommunications now because that's where it was in 255?

Deborah

Video conferencing, at first, when it first came out and it was very expensive was provided through the telecommunications systems, it's not web-based. And so, this provision, or something like it is now in the new TEITAC rules, the standards that TEITAC is developing about applying to web video conferencing. And applying also to any kind of videos that are provided through the web, since it is now a major means of not just video conferencing, but videos in general because, for example, a lot of the technologies that are used by cable companies tend to strip captions that are used by movies that have captions in them. It's a major beef that people have with the cable industry. Anyhow.

Doug

So, from the telecom section, the only real concern is that, does it pass through the TTY signals accurately. Most of that provision, as Deb has pointed as, really applies to the multimedia section, and the web. Everything is getting so interwoven that it is very hard to distinguish. That sort of thing doesn't really belong in the telecom section anymore.

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