The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) hosted a workshop the morning of Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to gather and incorporate stakeholder input on the types of research that are needed to improve the functional equivalency and efficiency of telecommunications relay service (TRS) 1.

This first workshop focused on developing a platform for the delivery of IP-based relay services and the development of new and improved relay services during and after the IP transition. Panels included discussions with academics and researchers with demonstrated relevant expertise. An audience question and answer session followed.

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1 The FCC entered into an agreement with the National Institute on Aging to collaborate on research into the effectiveness, efficiency, and consumer response to current and anticipated IP- based relay technologies such as automated speech-to text and video plus automated speech to text. See Press Release, FCC, FCC and National Institute on Aging to Partner on Research Advancing Accessibility to Communications for Americans with Hearing Disabilities (rel. Dec. 12, 2013), available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-324668A1.doc.