Wheeler not only expressed frustration about the current state of closed captioning, but he also wasn't happy with how long it took the agency to act on concerns about it.
The FCC was first asked to address the state of closed captioning a decade ago and issued a notice of proposed rules to try to improve the situation in 2005. The matter has pretty much been in limbo until Wheeler, who was sworn in as chairman last November, made it a priority.
"Ten years is too slow a pace," Wheeler said at the meeting, and then signed, "This is only the beginning."
The majority of closed captioning is outsourced by TV stations and broadcast and cable networks. Jill Toschi, vice president for operations at the National Captioning Institute, said the FCC's actions are a "very positive step" and send a "strong message that caption producers need to be committed quality."
Wheeler promised that the FCC won't forget about this issue going forward.
"We'll keep pace with how it's working," he said.
Could the FCC issue fines to anyone falling short of their expectations?
"We'll see," Wheeler said.