Internet Based Telecommunications Relay Service Numbering Directory
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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
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
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.
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).
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