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CG 16-145 — Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology;

GN 15-178 — Petition for Rulemaking to Update the Commission’s Rules for Access to Support the Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology, and petition for Waiver of Rules Requiring Support of TTY Technology;


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” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1628798110762{background-color: #f4d2cd !important;}”][vc_column_text]TDI, along with the tagged consumer groups filed comments to the Federal Communications Commission, about the Petitions for Waivers of Deadline to Support Real-Time Text on IP-Based Networks

[see below, under Tags: for a full list of signatories]

The consumers and accessibility researchers submitted their thoughts after the FCC requested the comments on the petition from the six non-Tier 1 mobile providers concerning the deadline to support the real-time text (RTT) on IP-based networks including the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA).

The FCC is required to ensure functional equivalence for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind for telecommunication services. The consumers including TDI listed three things that the FCC should do including imposing fines if these providers do not comply with the RTT rules.

  1. Immediate Commission intervention is urgently needed to protect the lives
    1. failure to implement RTT on IP network will inhibit access to 9-1-1 in which Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind people should not experience that
  2. Petitioners are responsible for complying with the RTT rules
    1. they are given three years and a half to be able to add RTT to their services, however, many of them explained that they were not able to due to the inability to retain vendors to deliver RTT
    2. They request a waiver for one year to find vendors to develop RTT solution but the deadline is not definite so it can affect the lives of these communities
  3. The Commission must promptly enforce the RTT rules to ensure that all Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind have access to functionally equivalent emergency services

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1616830779887{margin-top: 10px !important;}”]URL below is linked to the actual filing document on FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10731868226405/2020.07.31%20RTT%20Carrier%20Deadline%20Waiver%20Request%20Comment%20final.pdf[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Special Thanks to: SAMUELSON-GLUSHKO TECHNOLOGY LAW & POLICY CLINIC[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”blue” css=”.vc_custom_1616871620554{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]