FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Text-to-988 Rules

Comments Due: July 12, 2021Reply Comments Due: August 10, 2021 On April 23, 2021, the FCC released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) inviting public comment on proposed text-to-988 rules. The FNPRM follows up on a Report and Order adopted on July 16, 2020, where the FCC designated 988 as the 3-digit number for …

FCC Announces 2021-2022 Allocations for the NDBEDP

On June 4, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the allocations for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) for the 2021-2022 fund year, which begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022. The FCC provides up to $10 million annually for the NDBEDP. Links to the Public Notice:Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-653A1.docxPDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-653A1.pdfText: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-653A1.txt …

ClearCaptions Certified to Provide IP CTS Using Automatic Speech Recognition

On April 13, 2021, the FCC granted conditional certification to ClearCaptions to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) using automatic speech recognition (ASR) in addition to its existing communications assistant-based IP CTS. ClearCaptions will introduce ASR-based IP CTS to reduce wait times for callers when all communications assistants are occupied. The ASR platform …

Comment Dates on Proposal to Expand the TRS Fund Contribution Base for Support of VRS and IP Relay

Comment Date: April 19, 2021Reply Comment Date: May 3, 2021 CG Docket Nos. 03-123, 10-51, and 12-38 On November 20, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to expand the telecommunications relay service (TRS) Fund contribution base for support of video relay service (VRS) and Internet Protocol (IP) …

Comment Sought on GSA Petition for Waiver of TRS Registration

Comment Date: April 2, 2021Reply Comment Date: April 9, 2021 The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission seeks comment on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) petition for waiver of the applicable user registration requirements for two forms of telecommunications relay services (TRS): Internet Protocol Relay service (IP Relay) and Internet Protocol …

TRS COVID-19 Waivers Extended through August 31, 2021

Temporary waivers of certain rules governing telecommunications relay services (TRS) that were previously granted to ensure continuity of service during the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency extended through August 31, 2021. Acting on its own motion, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau has extended through Aug. 31 previously granted temporary waivers of certain TRS (telecommunications …

FCC Reminds Entities of June 30, 2021 Deadline for NDBEDP Certification Applications

On February 26, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice to remind entities currently certified by the FCC to participate in the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), as well as other entities interested in participating in the program, that applications are due for the next 5-year certification cycle by June 30, 2021. The next …

FCC Announces Dates for Comments on Petitions for Reconsideration of IP CTS Rates

Oppositions due: March 9, 2021Reply comments due: March 19, 2021 On October 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order (Order) establishing Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services (TFS) Fund compensation rates for the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) for the next two years. T-Mobile USA, Inc. on behalf of Sprint …

Petition for Reconsideration of IP CTS Order Dismissed

MISUSE OF INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONE SERVICE; TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICES AND SPEECH-TO-SPEECH SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING AND SPEECH DISABILITIES; PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION. Dismisses as moot Hamilton Relay, Inc.’s petition for partial reconsideration of the Commission’s 2019 Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service order regarding Telecommunications Relay Services User Registration Database implementation. (Dkt No 13-24 …