Senate Commerce Committee approves disabilities legislation

But advocates say the bill simply brings existing accessibility standards that already govern television to the latest technologies. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association and CTIA, the wireless association, praised the progress of the bill on Thursday. CTIA added that more work is needed. 

“We must make sure that the programs and policies we have in place to support Americans with disabilities keep up with the rapidly increasing speed of changing technology,” Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement.

“We have a responsibility to make sure that kind of opportunity is available to everyone. Period,” he said.