47 U.S.C. § 255 : US Code - Section 255: Access by persons with disabilities

Search 47 U.S.C. § 255 : US Code - Section 255: Access by persons with disabilities

    (a) Definitions
      As used in this section - 
      (1) Disability
        The term "disability" has the meaning given to it by section
      12102(2)(A) (!1) of title 42.

      (2) Readily achievable
        The term "readily achievable" has the meaning given to it by
      section 12181(9) of title 42.
    (b) Manufacturing
      A manufacturer of telecommunications equipment or customer
    premises equipment shall ensure that the equipment is designed,
    developed, and fabricated to be accessible to and usable by
    individuals with disabilities, if readily achievable.
    (c) Telecommunications services
      A provider of telecommunications service shall ensure that the
    service is accessible to and usable by individuals with
    disabilities, if readily achievable.
    (d) Compatibility
      Whenever the requirements of subsections (b) and (c) of this
    section are not readily achievable, such a manufacturer or provider
    shall ensure that the equipment or service is compatible with
    existing peripheral devices or specialized customer premises
    equipment commonly used by individuals with disabilities to achieve
    access, if readily achievable.
    (e) Guidelines
      Within 18 months after February 8, 1996, the Architectural and
    Transportation Barriers Compliance Board shall develop guidelines
    for accessibility of telecommunications equipment and customer
    premises equipment in conjunction with the Commission. The Board
    shall review and update the guidelines periodically.
    (f) No additional private rights authorized
      Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize any
    private right of action to enforce any requirement of this section
    or any regulation thereunder. The Commission shall have exclusive
    jurisdiction with respect to any complaint under this section.