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HOVRS Petition; Sununu VoIP bill; Captioning Exemption Petitions

To: Consumer Contact List
From: Karen Peltz Strauss, RERC-TA
Re: Consumer Contact List - HOVRS Petition, Sununu VoIP bill, Captioning Exemption Petitions
Date: April 6, 2004

1. HOVRS Petition on Video Mail - Hands On VRS has filed a petition with the FCC asking the Commission to include video mail as a reimbursable service through the Interstate TRS Fund. Video mail enables deaf and hearing callers to leave audio and video messages for one another through VRS in the event that the party called is unavailable. Previously, the Commission directed NECA not to provide reimbursement for video mail service (although it is unclear whether this restriction applies only to video messages, or to audio messages as well.) The petition has not yet been released for public comment.

2. Sununu VoIP bill - Senator John Sununu (R-NH) has introduced legislation that would prevent states from regulating VoIP services. The bill does, however, indicate that the FCC should address disability access issues as this Internet telephone service is rolled out. Similar legislation will be introduced in the House by Congressman Chip Pickering (R-MS). Because this is an election year, it is unlikely that either of these bills will get far in the immediate future.

3. Captioning Exemption Petitions - New Life Team and Dr. Jack Ditty have filed petitions for exemptions from the FCC's captioning rules. Links to these are listed below.

Released: 04/05/2004. REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES. (DA No. 04-929) CSR 6294. MB. Contact: Sonia Greenaway-Mickle or Steve Garner at (202) 418-7200.
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-929A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-929A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-929A1.txt>

Released: 04/05/2004. REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES. (DA No. 04-930) CSR 6293. MB. Contact: Sonia Greenaway-Mickle or Steve Garner at (202) 418-7200.
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-930A1.doc>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-930A1.pdf>
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-04-930A1.txt>


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