FCC Announces Application Period for NDBEDP Certification for Maine

Deadline: September 8, 2022 On August 9, 2022, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice inviting applications from entities interested in being certified to distribute equipment under the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also known as iCanConnect, to eligible individuals in Maine. CGB will accept applications for this purpose until …

FCC Settles with MachineGenius Over TRS Violations

On July 8, 2022, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau entered into a Consent Decree with MachineGenius, Inc., a provider of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), to resolve investigations into whether MachineGenius violated the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) rules by failing to collect proper user self-certifications prior to seeking compensation from the TRS Fund and …

Comment Due Dates Set for Interoperable Video Conferencing Services

Comments Due: June 21, 2022Reply Comments Due: July 18, 2022 On May 20, 2022, the FCC released a public notice announcing the due dates for comments in response to an April 27, 2022 Public Notice (Video Conferencing Public Notice), inviting comments to refresh the record on the coverage of rules to enable people with disabilities …

FCC Seeks Comment on State of Competition in Communications Marketplace

Comments Due: July 1, 2022Reply Comments Due: August 1, 2022 On May 16, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comments regarding the state of competition in the communications marketplace. This input will help inform the Commission’s 2022 Communications Marketplace Report to Congress. Specifically about accessibility, the FCC seeks comment regarding:• The impact of …

FCC Announces 2022-2023 NDBEDP Allocations

On May 18, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the allocations for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP or iCanConnect) for the 2022-2023 fund year, which begins July 1, 2022 and ends June 30, 2023. The FCC provides up to $10 million annually for the NDBEDP. Links to the Public Notice:URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/2022-2023-annual-nbdedp-allocationsWord: …

FCC Announces NDBEDP Certified Entities

On May 17, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the entities certified to participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP or iCanConnect), for the certification cycle July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2027. Links to the Public Notice:URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-ndbedp-certificationsWord: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-541A1.docxPDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-541A1.pdfText: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-541A1.txt For more information about the NDBEDP, visit http://www.fcc.gov/ndbedp. For …

FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed TRS Compensation Levels and Funding Requirements

Comments due: May 31, 2022Reply Comments due: June 7, 2022 On May 16, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on proposed telecommunications relay services (TRS) compensation levels and funding requirements for the period from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. Interested parties may file comments by accessing the FCC’s Electronic Comment …

FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Change of Ownership of Sorenson and CaptionCall

Comments due: January 7, 2022Reply Comments due: January 18, 2022 On December 17, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on applications filed by Sorenson Communications, LLC (Sorenson), and CaptionCall, LLC, for conditional certification as providers of Video Relay Service (VRS) and Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), respectively, after a proposed …

FCC Resolves Investigation into TRS Rule Violations

On December 3, 2021, the FCC adopted a Consent Decree between the Enforcement Bureau and CaptionCall, LLC to resolve investigations into whether CaptionCall violated the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) rules by providing incentives to hearing health professionals to refer users for service, reporting costs associated with these unlawful practices to the TRS Fund Administrator for …