FCC Invites Comment on Proposed Metrics for Captioned Telephone Services

The FCC released a notice of rulemaking that is open to the public for comment. HLAA filed comments alongside other organizations representing consumers. Reply comments will be accepted until April 2. The FCC’s notice follows:

Comments due:  March 3, 2021

Reply comments due:  April 2, 2021

On October 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) proposing and seeking comment on measurable standards and metrics for captioning delay and accuracy in the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) and Captioned Telephone Service (CTS).  The FNPRM also invites comment on guidelines for testing telephone captioning services against performance standards and the appropriate entity for carrying out performance measurements.

On February 1, 2021, the FNPRM comment due dates were published in the Federal Register. On February 8, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice to announce the comment due dates.

Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.  All filings must reference CG Docket Nos. 13-24, 03-123, and 10-51.  People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.  

Press Release:
URL:     https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-reforms-ip-cts-rates-and-proposes-ip-cts-quality-metrics
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-367241A1.docx
PDF:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-367241A1.pdf
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-367241A1.txt

Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and FNPRM:
URL:     https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-reforms-ip-cts-rates-and-proposes-ip-cts-quality-metrics
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-132A1.docx
PDF:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-132A1.pdf
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-132A1.txt

Federal Register Notice (86 FR 7681):
URL:    https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/FR-2021-02-01/2021-01191
PDF:    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-02-01/pdf/2021-01191.pdf

Public Notice (announcing comment due dates):
URL:     https://www.fcc.gov/document/cts-and-ip-cts-metrics-further-notice-comment-dates
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-135A1.docx
PDF:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-135A1.pdf
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-135A1.txt

General information on TRS is available at www.fcc.gov/trs; on IP CTS at www.fcc.gov/ipcts; and on CTS at www.fcc.gov/cts.  For further information, please contact William Wallace, Disability Rights Office, CGB, at (202) 418-2716 or William.Wallace@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).