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Editorial #61-FCC Website on VRS Matters Has Been Busy

While everyone was busy or vacationing over the Labor Day weekend–the FCC website had a lot of additions to it on the VRS NOI (Notice of Inquiry) (link). While the comment period expired on August 15th, there was still opportunity for others to reply to the comments and Dr. Z will list the links for you all to read. The reply to comments deadline was on September 2nd. The most contentious subjects involved reverse auctions and tiered rates.

Reply to Comments links:
Say-Hey, Inc.

In addition, there were some comments made by providers to the FCC Declaratory Ruling and other matters issued on May 27, 2010 (link). The links for such comments are listed below. The most contentious subject was regarding use of Canadian interpreters to facilitate VRS calls among Americans.

Comments to Declaratory Ruling, Order and NPRM for May 27, 2010 links:
Government of Canada
Interpretel, LLC and PAH! VRS
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
TDI, NAD and Other Consumer Organizations

It is expected that in the near future, the FCC will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to propose rules that were reviewed during the Notice of Inquiry. After the comments to the proposed rules are reviewed, the FCC will then issue new rules that potentially could change how VRS is done here in America.

Dr. Z (and the FCC) cares about your communication access.

Disclosure: Dr. Z is a contractor working with CSDVRS on several projects.

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