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Editorial #97: FCC: Too Many Filings and Comments

There is a lot of filings and comments on the FCC website related to VRS. It is painstaking to try to read and digest all of these. All this is a result of the FCC’s attempts to reform the VRS industry and this is only the beginning. Whenever the FCC issues an order, people file requests for reconsideration, requests for extensions, requests for waivers, ex parte notices and all that to get what they think is needed.

The dust is all over and it is far from settled. This is not intended as a criticism to the FCC–reform is needed, but it is hard when there are so many players in the game. The FCC has yet to issue proposed rules for compensation of VRS service. The FCC has a full plate because it is also looking at Universal Service Fund reform and internet reform, both of which have an effect on VRS.

Bottom line–we must be vigilant to be sure that all those new rules and orders do not change the VRS experience we enjoy today.

Here are the links to the FCC website for the information mentioned above:

TRS/VRS Headlines
Filings for Proceeding 03-123
Filings for Proceeding 10-51

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Disclaimer: Dr. Z is currently the Vice-President of Marketing at CSDVRS, LLC.

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