Captioned Telephone Industry Responds to FCC’s Order on Captioned Telephone Issues

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Captioned Telephone Industry Responds to FCC’s Order on Captioned Telephone Issues

Oct 2 2013

CaptionCall filed a Petition for Stay with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Their Petition asks the FCC to eliminate any charge for captioned telephone equipment and eliminate the requirement to turn on the caption function each time they turn on the phone. They indicate that the FCC should be asking whether their Order provides individuals equal opportunities to use the phone, not whether the burdens the Order places on people with disabilities are acceptable. See CaptionCall’s Petition

Sprint filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the rule imposing a $75 minimum price for IP CTS software and two other issues. Sprint maintains that there is no evidence in the record that IP CTS software is currently being used by ineligible individuals. Nor is there any evidence that a one-time $75 charge on software would prevent such misuse even if it existed. Sprint argues that concerns about misuse of IP CTS should be adequately addressed by the Commission’s new registration and certification requirements. Sprint’s Petition

Hamilton and Sprint filed a Joint Petition for Limited Waiver of the Labeling Rule for IP CTS equipment and software at section 64.604(c)(11)(iii). They seek a delay in the time to implement three separate labeling requirements for: 1) newly distributed equipment; 2) already-deployed equipment; and 3) web and mobile devices. Hamilton and Sprint’s Petition