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On Jan. 30, 2014, the FCC launched a broad set of voluntary experiments meant to ensure that the nation’s communications networks continue to provide the services consumers want and need in this era of historic technological transformations. For more information on the experiments, click here.
On Jan. 30, 2014, the FCC said text providers should enable the public to text 911 in an emergency, encouraging providers that have not begun deploying text-to-911 to forge solutions to meet this goal. The Commission also sought further comment on regulatory proposals to help ensure that Americans will be able to send these texts by the end of the year, regardless of which text provider they use, in areas where 911 call centers can receive texts. To read the entire news release, visit http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-sets-path-widespread-text-911-deployment.
On January 17, 2014, the FCC held a stakeholders’ meeting for establishing an Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service National Outreach Program (iTRS-NOP) for video relay service (VRS) and Internet protocol relay service (IP Relay). Read the informal transcript of this stakeholders meeting by clicking here. An archived webcast of the meeting can be viewed on the FCC Event web page.
On Jan.10, deaf advocate Sheri Farinha wrote a letter to the FCC about the FCC’s proposal to have only one VRS/VP platform as well as its proposal to adapt regulatory frameworks to current networks and markets. Sheri’s concerns should be a concern for all VRS consumers! Additionally, we Deaf consumers need to demand that the FCC better communicate through video, email, and social media information about issues that concern communication access for all Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people. Please take time to read and share the letter with others Click here. Contact the FCC about concerns you may have by visiting www.fcc.gov/contact-us.
On Sept. 18, 2013, VRSCA submitted Reply Comments to the FCC in response to the FCC’s June 10, 2013 Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about the structure and practices of the Video Relay Service Program. To read VRSCA’s Reply Comments, click here.
Some aspects of the FCC’s June 2013 Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) on the structure and practices of VRS service will not benefit the deaf community. Watch a video that explains how changes could impact VRS. Click here.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on June 10, 2013. Click here to read the full report. VRSCA will provide more information in coming weeks.
Take time to watch an informative Federal Communications Commission video about texting to 911.
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VRSCA submitted reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the FCC's request for public feedback on its recent Public Notice. To read the filing in its entirety, click here.
To read proposals and send comments through Nov. 29, click here.
On Oct. 15, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice seeking additional comment on the structure and practices of the Video Relay Service (VRS) program and on compensation rates for VRS providers. VRSCA has some initial concerns about the notice and, in an effort to provide you with accurate information, is currently studying its content. We will provide more information to consumers in the coming weeks, so please check this site often. In the meantime, VRSCA urges all consumers to become familiar with the Public Notice. You can read it in its entirety by clicking here.
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) recent Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, or FNPRM, reviews and proposes changes to current VRS rules - rules that will affect how we communicate using VRS. Learn more about the FNPRM and what it says by watching the video.Watch Video
Read latest FCC Order, which extends the deadlines for filing Comments and Reply Comments in CG Dockets #10-51 and #03-123. Comments are now due March 9, 2012, and Reply Comments are due March 30, 2012. To read the order, click here.
Visit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website to view ASL videos about VRS reform and the recently-released Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM). You can view the questions and ASL responses by visiting http://www.fcc.gov/guides/vrs-reform.