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Editorial #82-Providers and White-Label Providers File Flurry of Waivers Before the FCC Regarding Certification

There are over 10 filings by various providers to the FCC regarding certification.

Since the FCC is tightening (making more strict) certification procedures for currently uncertified providers, both the uncertified providers and the certified providers who are providing “white-label” services for uncertified providers have filed letters expressing justification for waiving them temporarily in order for them to do VRS service.

The list of waivers being filed can be found at this link.

The FCC has until June 1st to act on those waivers. In the event those waivers are not acted upon or are denied, those uncertified providers will not be able to provide VRS services after June 1st.

The following providers are certified by the FCC as of this date (May 23, 2011): AT&T, CAC,
Hands On, Sorenson, Sprint, Healinc, GoAmerica, SNAP, and CSDVRS.

Anyone not on the above list are considered white-label and need to be waived by the FCC to continue to perform VRS services after June 1st.

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

Disclosure: Dr. Z is a employee with CSDVRS, currently its Vice-President of Marketing.

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