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On Nov., 19, 2007, the FCC announced that it has adopted a three-year VRS reimbursement rate methodology, which will result in a predictable rate for three years. Knowing the rate for three years will give VRS providers the incentive to invest to improve VRS service, providing access to VRS for more Deaf individuals. In addition, the FCC’s new rate plan will spur more investment in new technology and in training new interpreters.
Under the plan adopted by the FCC, the reimbursement rate for VRS calls will decline each year for the next three years. The rate would not increase for inflation and would decline according to a formula in the FCC decision. At the same time, VRS providers will know what the rate will be for each of the three years. Also under the FCC proposal, the rate for providers would decline as the number of calls handled by each provider increases.
Ensuring Investment in Future Video Relay Services
The FCC’s decision is a victory for the Deaf community and will encourage increased access to VRS for more Deaf individuals. Over the coming months, be sure to check the VRSCA Web site often for more information on current topics related to VRS and its future funding.
The VRSCA provides an objective environment for individuals to discuss and resolve issues that relate to VRS.