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FCC Review of VRS Rates

The FCC recently announced it was thinking of reviewing VRS rates. This is an unexpected move since in 2007, the FCC agreed to “freeze” rates for 3 years and revisit it in 2010. When they made the announcement in 2007, it made it possible for VRS companies to plan their budgets, hiring, staffing, investments in technology because the VRS companies were expecting the rates to stay at the same level until 2010.

Now the FCC is thinking of changing rates before 2010–some may not think it is the right thing to do– some companies have gone public with their concerns about the FCC rates, some companies used other organizations to pressure consumers to pressure the FCC, other companies such as ZVRS have had discussions with the FCC and try to suggest alternative ways to fund the service.

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