About Caption Action 2

Caption Action 2 began just before the introduction of HR 3101, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.  Actually, it began  about 3:00 in the morning on June 25, 2009 when one night, Jamie could not sleep.  At that time, the deaf community was battling Netflix to get the company to put closed captions on their streaming videos. However, the real issue was much bigger than Netflix - the deaf and hard of hearing community needed captions on the Internet.

So early that morning/late that night, Jamie started Caption Action 2. The name was inspired by a comment Robert had made earlier. The two were discussing the need for internet captioning, and Jamie recalled her much earlier experience in the late  '80s with Caption Action, a movement to get captions on home video.  Robert remarked, "Now it's Caption Action 2!"  So that was the name of the Facebook cause, Caption Action 2 (this cause was dropped in 2014).

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act became law in 2010. That new law mandated captions online for regular TV programming that was then shown on the Internet. However, it did NOT apply to original web TV programming created solely for the Internet.  Original web TV programming is largely not captioned. Therefore, Caption Action 2 is here to stay, until we have new legislation to mandate closed captioning of web TV online.

Caption Action 2 has a facebook group, facebook.com/groups/captionaction2. We also run the facebook page, Captioned Web TV (facebook.com/captionedwebtv) and the blogsite Captioned Web TV (captionedwebtv.blogspot.com).