• Seeking Comment on InnoCaption Application to Provide IP CTS. (Public Notice), CG Docket Nos. 03-123 and 13-24, DA 20-313, released March 20, 2020.

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the FCC released a public notice seeking comment on an amendment filed by Mezmo Corporation (InnoCaption) to its application for certification to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) and its accompanying request for waiver of certain IP CTS rules.

  • FCC Grants Temporary Waiver of Certain TRS Rules During Coronavirus. (Order), CG Docket Nos. 03-123 and 10-51, DA 20-281, adopted March 16, 2020, released March 16, 2020.

In consideration of the recent substantial increase in COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases across the United States, the resulting widespread public concern, various state and local public health measures taken in response, and the President’s declaration of a national emergency, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau finds good cause to grant, on its own motion, temporary waivers of certain requirements under sections 64.604 and 64.606 of the Commission’s rules, in order to ensure the uninterrupted availability of telecommunications relay services in the United States during this public health emergency.

In this Order on Reconsideration and Order Suspending Compliance Deadline, CGB grants in part and dismisses in part the petition for reconsideration of Sorenson, rescinding the requirement to comply with the RUE Profile and suspending the deadline for compliance with the requirement for interoperability with the VATRP.

  • Effective Date for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service Rules Subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. (Public Notice), CG Docket Nos. 03-123, DA 20-185, released February 21, 2020.

In this Public Notice, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau announced that the Commission published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved 
modified information collection requirements related to the provision and marketing of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service, and establishing February 19, 2020, as the effective date for amendments to 47 CFR § 64.604(c)(11)(v) and (c)(13)(iii)-(iv) and for compliance with 47 CFR §§ 64.611(j)(2), 64.615(a)(3), and (a)(5).

  • Purple Surrenders VRS Certification in Merger with ZVRS. (Public Notice), CG Docket Nos. 03-123 and 10-51, DA 20-162, released February 14, 2020.

In this Public Notice, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau announced effective February 15, 2020, Purple Communications, Inc. (PCI), surrenders its conditional certification to provide video relay service (VRS) and withdraws its application for certification to provide VRS.   PCI will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSDVRS, LLC.  CSDVRS, LLC (which is changing its name to ZP Better Together, LLC) will continue to provide VRS under the sub-brands ZVRS and Purple, pursuant to its conditional certification to provide VRS.

  • FCC Permits At-Home Call Handling by Sign-Language Interpreters for Video Relay Service. (Report and Order), CG Docket Nos. 10-51 and 03-123, FCC 20-7, adopted January 30, 2020, released January 31, 2020.

This Report and Order allows compensating Video Relay Service (VRS) providers for VRS calls handled by communications assistants (CAs) working from their homes.

  • Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Announces Effective Date and Comment Cycle for Updating TRS Rules. (Public Notice), CG Docket No. 03-123, DA 20-48, released January 13, 2020.

In this Public Notice, the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau announced February 10, 2020 as the effective date of the Report and Order, and establishing the comment dates for the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Rulemaking to update the definition of telecommunications relay services (TRS) and to seek comment on eliminating certain TRS requirements.

  • Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Announces Effective Date for Expanding TRS Contribution Base to Support IP CTS. (Public Notice), CG Docket No. 03-123, DA 20-41, released January 10, 2020.

In this Public Notice, the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau announced February 5, 2020 as the effective date of the Report and Order to expand the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund contribution base for support of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS).

Updated: 
Friday, March 20, 2020