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1.      FCC seeks comment on AT&T Request for Clarification or Waiver of Speech-to-Speech

Muting Rules

 

On November 14, 2013, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by AT&T.  AT&T requested clarification or waiver of the new rule requiring providers to offer speech-to-speech (STS) users the option to have their voices muted during an STS call.  AT&T explains that it can offer the voice muting option for incoming calls to an STS user who has not pre-selected muting in his or her caller profile only by asking the STS user to drop off the call and having the communications assistant reconnect the STS user to the

call.  AT&T asks for clarification that its method of handling incoming calls is acceptable, or in the alternative, for a 12-month waiver to give AT&T time to upgrade its technical platform. Comments due:  15 days after date of publication in the Federal Register

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

For more information, please contact Caitlin Vogus, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and

Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-1264 or  Caitlin.Vogus@fcc.gov.

 

Link to the Public Notice:

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-13 -2191A1.

doc https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-13 -2191A1.

pdf https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-13 -2191A1.txt

 

2.      FCC seeks comment on Sprint Request for Reconsideration on New Rules for Internet

Protocol Captioned Telephone Service

 

On November 14, 2013, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by Sprint Corporation requesting reconsideration of three parts of the new rules that were adopted for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) in August 2013.  Sprint asks that the Commission:  (1) reconsider its new rule prohibiting all providers from distributing IP CTS software and applications at no charge or for less than $75; (2) change its registration and certification requirements to allow access to IP CTS phones in public places; and (3) allow Sprint to use a slightly different language for labels warning consumers that only registered users of IP CTS may use IP CTS equipment and software with captions turned on. Comments due:  15 days after date of publication in the Federal Register

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

For further information, contact Gregory Hlibok, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, at (202) 559-5158 (voice/videophone) or e-mail at Gregory.Hlibok@fcc.gov.

 

Link to the Public Notice:

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-13 -2190A1.

doc https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-13 -2190A1.

pdf https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-13 -2190A1.txt

 

 

Updated: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016