FCC Seeks Nominations for Communications Equity and Diversity Council

On July 6, 2021, the FCC released a public notice seeking nominations for membership on the Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC) for the new two-year charter through June 29, 2023. The Purpose of the CEDC is to provide recommendations to the FCC on advancing equity in the provision of and access to digital communication …

TRS Compensation and Contribution Factors Approved

Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech services for individuals with hearing and speech disabilities; Structure and practices of the Video Relay Service Program. Approves per-minute provider compensation for telecommunications relay services (TRS), the TRS funding requirement, and the TRS Fund contribution factors for the period from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Word: DA-21-779A1.docxPDF: DA-21-779A1.pdfText: …

Comment Sought on Proposal to Freeze IP CTS Rates

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau seeks comment on a request by six of the seven currently certified providers of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service (CTS) to defer the reduction in the level of Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund support for IP CTS previously ordered by the Commission. Contact: William Wallace at (202) 418-2716, …

VRS Cost and Demand Data to be Placed in Record

Released: June 21, 2021 VRS PROVIDER COST AND DEMAND DATA TO BE PLACED IN THE RECORD; FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE VRS COMPENSATION RULEMAKING, SUBJECT TO THE THIRD PROTECTIVE ORDER. (DA No. 21-720). (Dkt No 03-123 10-51). CGB. Contact: Michael Scott at (202) 418-1264, email: Michael.Scott@fcc.gov. Word: DA-21-720A1.docxPDF: DA-21-720A1.pdfText: DA-21-720A1.txt

FCC Seeks Comment on VRS Compensation Plan

Comments due: July 15, 2021Reply Comments due: July 30, 2021 On May 20, 2021, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on potential changes to the Video Relay Service (VRS) compensation plan. The FCC also adopted an Order extending the current VRS compensation plan through December 31, 2021 or earlier, if …

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) …