FCC Announces (1) Application Period for NDBEDP Certification for Kentucky and Illinois (2) 2019-2020 Allocations for the NDBEDP

(1) FCC Announces Application Period for NDBEDP Certification for Kentucky and Illinois On June 10, 2019, 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 Kentucky …

Effective Date of VRS Rules and Comment Dates for Proposed VRS Rules

On May 15, 2019, the FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve video communications for people with disabilities and protect the video relay service (VRS) program against waste, fraud, and abuse. On June 10, 2019, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the FCC released a public notice …

FCC Releases Order Suspending VRS Provider Compliance Deadline with RUE Profile

On April 9, 2019, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order suspending for one year, until April 29, 2020, the deadline for video relay service (VRS) provider compliance with the Interoperability Profile for Relay User Equipment (RUE Profile). The RUE Profile is a technical standard incorporated …

FCC Seeks Comment on Request for Interim Waivers Regarding the Compensation Rate for IP Relay

Comment Date: April 8, 2019 Reply Comment Date: April 15, 2019 On March 28, 2019, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the FCC released a public notice seeking comment on a Request for Interim Waivers filed by Sprint to recover certain costs in the provision of Internet Protocol Relay Service (IP Relay) for the …

FCC Extends TRS Equal Access and Billing Options Waivers

On August 8, 2018, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the FCC released an Order extending waivers that were previously granted to Sprint Communications and Hamilton Relay Inc. These waivers relieved providers of the requirements of traditional TRS, speech-to-speech relay service (STS), and non-Internet Protocol (IP) forms of captioned telephone service (CTS), allowing …

FCC Adopts TRS Rates and Establishes the Size and Contribution Factor for the 2018-2019 TRS Fund Year

On June 29, 2018, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order establishing the per‐minute compensation rates to be paid for all telecommunications relay services (TRS) from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. The Order also establishes the total size of the TRS Fund for this …

Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program; Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities

The Chief, Consumer, and Governmental Affairs Bureau adopted an order suspending for one year the April 27, 2018, deadline for video relay service provider compliance with the Interoperability Profile for Relay User Equipment. (Dkt No. 10-51 03-123 ). The order was adopted April 26, 2018, by ORDER. (DA No. 18-428). CGB. See the following links for …

FCC Releases Order Suspending VRS Provider Compliance Deadline with RUE Profile

On April 26, 2018, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order suspending for one year, until April 29, 2019, the deadline for video relay service (VRS) provider compliance with the Interoperability Profile for Relay User Equipment (RUE Profile). The RUE Profile is a technical standard incorporated …

TRS URD Registration Deadline Extended to April 30, 2018

On March 30, 2018, the Office of the Managing Director and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission released an Order extending for 30 days, through April 30, 2018, the deadline for Video Relay Service providers to submit registration data for their registered users to the to the TRS User Registration …