The proposal is the FCC's last in a series of new rules to implement the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), a 2010 law. The agency had previously issued rules making cellphones' Internet browsers and emergency TV alerts accessible to blind people, among other measures.
The law sailed through Congress as an attempt to update technology for the modern era, making sure that people with disabilities could take advantage of cellphones and digital tools just like everyone else.
"Generally we've been really pleased with how the FCC has viewed the implementation of the CVAA, and if this is done correctly, this will mean equal access to entertainment content on television," Bridges said.
The FCC is scheduled to publish the proposal in the Federal Register on Tuesday and is accepting comments for the next 50 days.
The agency has said it intends to finalize the rule by October.