(Please note that a prior AccessInfo on this issue (sent out yesterday) contained incorrect e-links to the Public Notice.  This AccessInfo provides corrected links below.)

Comments due:    February 22, 2017

Reply Comments due:    March 24, 2017

On December 15, 2016, the FCC adopted rules to facilitate a transition from text telephony (TTY) technology to real-time text (RTT) technology over Internet-based wireless networks.  On January 23, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing (1) February 22, 2017 as the effective date for the RTT rules; and (2) the above comment due dates for the public to provide input on the following issues raised in the RTT Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

  • A timeline to sunset its requirement for RTT to be backward compatible with TTY;
  • Integration of RTT into telecommunications relay service operations; and
  • Real-time text features that may be needed for people with cognitive disabilities and people who are deaf-blind.

Comments may be filed using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.  The proceeding numbers are CG Docket No. 16-145 and GN Docket No. 15-178. 


Links to the Public Notice:

Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-17-137A1.docx

PDF: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-17-137A1.pdf

Text: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-17-137A1.txt


For more information about RTT, visit this webpage: https://www.fcc.gov/document/adoption-real-time-text-rtt-rules, or contact Michael Scott, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at 202-418-1264 or e‑mail Michael.Scott@fcc.gov.  

Friday, February 10, 2017