On June 16, 2020, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), on behalf of six CCA members, filed a petition requesting an extension of the June 30, 2020 deadline for termination of waivers of the FCC rule requiring carriers to support TTY devices on Internet-Protocol based voice networks and instead to support real-time text (RTT).

On January 12, 2022, the FCC dismissed the requests of two of the six providers covered by the petition, Inland Cellular and Nsightel Wireless, LLC (Cellcom).  In each case, the FCC determined that the waivers of TTY-support rules were not necessary because the two providers had not deployed an IP-based voice network without deploying RTT.

Cellcom Order:
URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/cgb-grants-cellcoms-motion-withdraw-waiver-request-rtt-rules  
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-34A1.docx  
PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-34A1.pdf
Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-34A1.txt  

Inland Order:
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-36A1.docx  
PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-36A1.pdf  
Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-22-36A1.txt  

Information regarding real-time text is available at www.fcc.gov/rtt.  For further information, please contact William Wallace, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-2716, or William.Wallace@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in ASL may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Thursday, January 13, 2022