Draft Updated Standards and Guidelines (2011)

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

This draft rule updating the Section 508 Standards and the Section 255 Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines was released for public comment on December 8, 2011.  It was available for comment until March 7, 2012.

The Board will release an official proposal (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) based on this draft and the public comments received.  This follow-up proposed rule also will be made available for public comment.


Published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2011.

36 CFR Parts 1193, and 1194

[Docket No. 2011-07]
RIN 3014-AA37

Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines; Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards

AGENCY:  Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION:  Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:  The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is issuing this second Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to continue the process of updating its standards for electronic and information technology, which apply to federal agencies, and its guidelines for telecommunications accessibility, which apply to telecommunications manufacturers. The text of the proposed standards and guidelines under consideration by the Board is available on the Board’s website (www.access-board.gov/508.htm).  The Board invites the public to review and comment on all aspects of this notice and the proposed text, including the advantages and disadvantages of provisions, the organizational approach to presenting the standards and guidelines, alternative policies to those presented, and information on benefits and costs.  After reviewing the comments received in response to this advance notice, the Board plans to issue a proposed rule seeking further public comment followed by a final rule.

DATES:  Comments should be received by March 7, 2012.

ADDRESSES:  You may submit comments, identified by docket number 2011-07 or RIN number 3014-AA37, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov.  Follow the instructions for submitting comments.  Regulations.gov Docket ID is ATBCB-2011-0007.
  • E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Include docket number 2011-07 or RIN number 3014-AA37 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax:  202-272-0081.
  • Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier:  Office of Technical and Informational Services, Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, suite 1000, Washington, DC  20004-1111.

All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Tim Creagan, Office of Technical and Information Services, Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, suite 1000, Washington DC 20004-1111. Telephone number: 202-272-0016 (voice); 202-272-0074 (TTY). Electronic mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

  • I. Regulatory History
  • II. Structure of the 2010 ANPRM
  • III. Summary of Public Comments to the 2010 ANPRM
  • IV. Access Board Response to Public Comments
  • V. Differences Between the 2010 ANPRM and the 2011 ANPRM
  • VI. Questions
  • Notes