By Brendan Sasso - 08/25/11 06:56 PM EDT
The rules require all television stations and cable services to pass through any program's video description if they are able to.
The rules go into effect Oct. 8, but the stations have until July 1, 2012 to be in full compliance.
Commissioner Michael Copps supported the decision, but he said the FCC could have set a shorter timetable for enforcing the rules.
"Although I would have preferred and I am not convinced it would be too burdensome on companies to comply even earlier, I am pleased that the Chairman and my colleagues have moved up the timeline to support the long-delayed hopes of Americans with disabilities," he said in a statement. "Given the delay experienced by blind and visually impaired viewers for such an essential service we should be doing everything in our power to make sure they don’t wait a day more than is necessary."