Phil Hyssong, one of the founders of Alternative Communication Services (ACS) LLC, EduCAPTION (EC), LLC and PostCAP (PC), LLC was recently appointed by the FCC to the Video Programming Subcommittee of the Disability Advisory Committee.  The Disability Advisory Committee was established by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and its first meeting will take place March 17, 2015.  The Video Programming Sub-Committee is charged with addressing the issue of video programming access (including closed captioning, video description, access to video programming apparatus, and access to televised emergency information. This is an extremely prestigious appointment for Mr. Hyssong and speaks to his excellent reputation within the telecommunications industry.  “I am humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to work with such a talented group of professionals in such a meaningful way,” stated Hyssong.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler said recently, “I am tremendously excited for the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee to begin its important work.  This new Committee will provide sorely needed expertise and recommendations from consumers and industry stakeholders on communications and video programming issues.  We look forward to using this expertise to improve our ability to meet the needs of consumers with disabilities.”

Alternative Communication Services (ACS) LLC, EduCAPTION (EC), LLC and PostCAP (PC), LLC focus on captioning and making the spoken word accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.  ACS was started in 2007 and met with immediate success.  ACS is one of the largest providers of CART Captioning and Text Interpreting services in the United States.  EC was successfully acquired in 2010 and focuses on broadcast captioning services.  PostCAP was started in 2014 focused on the post-production captioning arena.  All three companies continue to demonstrate positive growth toward a 2020 goal to exceed $10 million in combined annual revenues.   

Hyssong has over 27 years of experience in the areas of television, captioning and accessible media.  He is a Certified Manager of Reporting Services (CMRS), holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education and has successfully concluded the initial TypeWell training programming.  As company Owner/Manager with significant experience serving people with hearing loss, he will be an asset to the Commission’s work and is eager to serve on the Commission’s Disability Advisory Video Programming Sub-Committee. 

For additional information, contact Valerie Stafford-Mallis, Business Development Manager ACS Preferred: 

Alternate  800-335-0911.

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