Duluth launches closed captioning on live streams

By KBJR News 1

Duluth launches closed captioning on live streams

July 21, 2014 Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth is working to make sure all city residents know what's going on with the city council.

City council meetings and other city related events are already streamed live online. Now, closed captioning is also available.

The upgrade is an effort to improve transparency and communication between city leaders and residents.

Leaders say it helps the deaf and hard of hearing community, but it also helps everyone track meetings from home.

"There is a huge number of people who benefit literally from the captioning, to allow them to augment what they are hearing,” Councilor Emily Larson said. “But, I do hear from people sometimes, I can't quite hear you if you aren't speaking into the microphone."

City leaders say Duluth is the first city in the state to offer this service.