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On July 6, 2017, the FCC released an item:

On August 23, 2017, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that: (1) the item and final rules become effective September 21, 2017, and VRS providers must comply with the rule incorporating the VRS Interoperability Profile on or before December 20, 2017.

  • Adopting a four-year rate plan to compensate video relay service (VRS) providers, effective from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021;
  • Amending its rules to permit server-based routing for video calls handled by VRS providers (both relay and point-to-point);
  • Authorizing the use of money from the TRS Fund for Commission-overseen research and development;
  • Eliminating rules providing for a neutral video communications service platform; and

Reestablishing the effectiveness of the rule incorporating the VRS Interoperability Profile. 

Links to the Public Notice:
Word:   https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-17-802A1.docx
PDF:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-17-802A1.pdf
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-17-802A1.txt

Links to the Report and Order and Order:
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-17-86A1.docx
PDF:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-17-86A1.pdf
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-17-86A1.txt

For further information about the item, please contact Bob Aldrich, CGB, (202) 418-0996, email Robert.Aldrich@fcc.gov or Eliot Greenwald, CGB, (202) 418-2235, email Eliot.Greenwald@fcc.gov.  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275 (videophone).

Updated: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019