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Released: August 27, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 14-1249

Released: August 27, 2014

REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PETITION FILED BY SPRINT CORPORATION, INC.

REGARDING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET BASED TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY

SERVICE NUMBERING DIRECTORY

CG Docket Nos. 10-51 & 03-123, WC Docket Nos. 05-196 & 10-191

Comments: (15 days after date of publication in the Federal Register)

Reply Comments: (25 days after date of publication in the Federal Register)

On January 16, 2014, Sprint Corporation (Sprint) filed a petition1 (Sprint Petition) requesting a

limited waiver of the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission) rule that restricts access to

the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Numbering Directory to the TRS Numbering

Administrator and Internet-based TRS providers.2

Specifically, Sprint requests a waiver of this rule to

allow Sprint, as a provider of Federal Relay services, to load telephone numbers for its federal video relay

service (VRS), including “front door” toll-free numbers and ten-digit numbers into the TRS Numbering

Directory.3

Sprint asserts that, because these numbers are not currently in the TRS Numbering Directory,

federal employees who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and have been assigned a Federal VRS number are

unable to make point-to point video calls to other deaf or hard-of-hearing federal employees.4

Sprint

further asserts that permitting these “front door” toll-free numbers and ten-digit numbers into the database

will allow deaf and hard-of-hearing federal employees to make point-to-point video calls, increase the

ability of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to reach federal employees, and reduce the number of calls

that must be supported by the Interstate TRS Fund.5

1 Sprint Corporation, Petition for Limited Waiver, CG Docket Nos. 10-51 & 03-123, WC Docket Nos. 05-196 & 10-

191 (filed January 16, 2014) (Sprint Petition).

2 See 47 C.F.R. § 64.613(a)(4). On June 13, 2012, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and the

Wireline Competition Bureau sua sponte granted a waiver of Section 64.613(a)(4) for the limited purpose of

allowing the current TRS Fund Administrator "read-only" access to the TRS Numbering Directory. See

Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech

Disabilities; Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program; E911 Requirements for IP-Enabled

Service Providers; Internet-Based Telecommunications Relay Service Numbering, CG Docket Nos. 03-123, 10-51,

WC Docket Nos. 05-196, 10-191, Order, 27 FCC Rcd 6206 (2012).

3 Sprint Petition at 1.

4 Id. at 3.

5 Id. at 4-5.

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Pursuant to Sections 1.429 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.429, we invite interested

parties to file comments on the Sprint Petition and to file reply comments on or before the dates specified

above. All filings must reference CG Docket Nos. 10-51 & 03-123 and WC Docket Nos. 05-196 & 10-

191. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by

filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings. Comments may be

filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2. Filers should

follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments. In completing the transmittal

screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and CG Docket

Nos. 10-51 & 03-123 and WC Docket Nos. 05-196 & 10-191.

Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than

one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers must submit one

additional copy for each additional docket or rulemaking number. Filings can be sent by hand or

messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service

mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal

Communications Commission. All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the

Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,

Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held

together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent

to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and

Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.

A copy of this Notice, the Sprint Petition, and any subsequently filed documents in this matter

will be available during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street,

SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 418-0270. Copies of this Notice, the Sprint

Petition, and any subsequently filed documents in this matter may also be purchased from the

Commission’s duplicating contractor at its website, www.bcpiweb.com, or by calling 1-800-378-3160. A

copy of the submission may also be found by searching on ECFS (insert one or more of the above-

referenced docket numbers into the Proceeding block).

People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities

(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This

document can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at:

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/trs.html.

For further information, please contact Gregory Hlibok, Consumer and Governmental Affairs

Bureau, Disability Rights Office, at (202) 559-5158 (voice/videophone) or Gregory.Hlibok@fcc.gov.

-FCC-

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