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FCC Asks for Comments on Two Petitions Regarding Real-Time Text

August 1, 2015
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The first is a Petition for Rulemaking to allow consumers to use [Real-Time Text] RTT as a substitute for text telephony (TTY) in the IP-based environment. The Commission seeks comments on: (1) whether it should modify its rules to recognize RTT as a replacement for TTYs; and (2) the impact of a rule change on the deployment of RTT as an accessibility solution generally and for the advancement of text-to-911.

The second petition requests a temporary waiver of the Commissions rules requiring support for TTY technology by VoIP networks until the later of the time that AT&T has fully deployed RTT (expected in 2017) or the Commissions rules for RTT become effective. The Commission requests comments on the public interest benefits of waiving the TTY requirements for either AT&T individually or for all entities now covered by these rules.

Comments Due: August 24, 2015
Reply Comments Due: September 8, 2015

The following are links to the Public Notice - Request for Comment on Petition for Rulemaking to Update Rules for Access to Support Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology, and Petition for Waiver of Rules Requiring Support of TTY Technology:

For further information, contact Suzy Rosen Singleton, Disability Rights Office (DRO), at (202) 510-9446, email: or Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief DRO, at (202) 418-2235, email:

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