FCC Announces November 1 Disability Advisory Committee Meeting

On September 26, 2022, the FCC announced that the next Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2002, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The DAC meeting will be held remotely and will be webcast with open captioning and ASL interpreting at https://www.fcc.gov/live. At this meeting, DAC members are expected to: …

FCC Reminds States and Territories to Apply for TRS Recertification

On September 26, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice requesting states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories apply for renewal of their telecommunications relay service (TRS)  certifications no later than December 1, 2022.  Current TRS certifications are scheduled to expire on July 25, 2023.  The Public Notice also reminds certified state and territory …

FCC Seeks Comment on T-Mobile Accessibility’s Petition for Rulemaking

Comments Due:  October 24, 2022 Reply Comments Due:  November 8, 2022 On September 22, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on a Petition for rulemaking filed by T-Mobile Accessibility.  T-Mobile asks the FCC to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to amend the FCC’s rules to eliminate requirements regarding the use of the American …

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 …