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 …

FCC Extends Comment Deadlines in Proceeding on Resiliency of Communications Networks

Comments due: December 16, 2021Reply comments due: January 14, 2022 On October 21, 2021, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comment on ways to improve the reliability and resiliency of communications networks during emergencies and ways to ensure that communications services remain operational when disasters strike. The NPRM also …

FCC Reaches Settlement with Sorenson and CaptionCall

The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today announced it has settled with Sorenson Communications, LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiary, CaptionCall, LLC, to resolve investigations into CaptionCall’s practices as a provider of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), an internet-based form of Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). In addition to paying a $12.5 million civil penalty, …

FCC Invites Comments on TRS Fund Compensation for IP Relay

Comments due:  December 20, 2021Reply comments due:  January 18, 2022 On August 6, 2021, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) seeking comment on proposals to modify how providers of Internet Protocol Relay Service (IP Relay) are compensated by the TRS Fund.  The current IP Relay compensation plan expires on June 30, 2022. …

TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICES AND SPEECH-TO-SPEECH SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING AND SPEECH DISABILITIES; STRUCTURE AND PRACTICES OF THE VIDEO RELAY SERVICE PROGRAM

Grants waiver of December 31, 2021 expiration of current compensation levels for video relay service (VRS), and extends these levels through June 30, 2022, unless the Commission takes action with an earlier effective date. (Dkt No 03-123 10-51). Action by: Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Adopted: 2021-11-12 by ORDER. (DA No. 21-1417). CGB. Contact: …