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TRS Orders; Section 255 Contacts; Captioning Exemptions

To: Consumer Contact List
From: Karen Peltz Strauss, RERC-TA
Re: Consumer Contact List - TRS Orders, Section 255 Contacts, Captioning
Exemptions
Date: June 30, 2004

1. TRS Orders - Today, the FCC released two orders on TRS. The first is a rate order that has not yet been released electronically. The order reduces the reimbursement rate for video relay services (VRS) from the $8.85 per minute set retroactively for 2003-04 to $7.29 per minute. This rate is interim only, subject to change, depending on additional information that can be give to the Commission from VRS providers. The order also sets rates for traditional and Internet TRS (same rate for both) and speech-to-speech relay. CapTel relay services use the traditional TRS rate.

The second order is a massive order dealing with a long list of TRS topics. The URL is contained below for individuals wishing to download this. A summary will be forthcoming.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICES AND SPEECH-TO-SPEECH SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING AND SPEECH DISABILITIES. Further steps taken toward fulfilling goals of ADA by refining rules governing provision of TRS. Order on Reconsideration and FNPRM. (Dkt No. 90-571, 98-67). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 06/10/2004 by R&O. (FCC No. 04-137). CGB<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-137A1.doc>
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2. The FCC has issued a public notice reminding telecommunications manufacturers and service providers of their obligation to provide the Commission with their contact information for consumer complaints. The the url is below.

Released: 06/30/2004. THE CONSUMER & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS BUREAU REMINDS TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDERS OF OBLIGATION TO DESIGNATE AGENT FOR COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE FCC. (DA No. 04-1978). CGB. Contact: Arlene Alexander at (202) 418-0581, TTY: (202) 418-0183, email: Arlene.Alexander@fcc.gov

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3. Two additional requests for captioning exemptions have been filed with the Commission. These appear below:

REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES CSR 6315

Living Word Bible Church has filed a petition for exemption from the closed

captioning requirements, pursuant to Section 79.1 of the Commission's rules, 47

C.F.R. § 79.1. Petitioner claims that compliance would impose an undue burden, as

defined in Section 79.1(f) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f). Comments and oppositions are due within 30 days from the date of this public notice.

Please place the case identifier, CSR 6315, on all filings. Comments and oppositions

sent via e-mail to the Commission will be considered informal and are not part of the

official record. In addition, comments and oppositions filed must indicate that they

have been served on the petitioner. All comments and oppositions must be served on

petitioner at:

Living Word Bible ChurchAttn: Aaron NicholsP.O. Box 8400Mesa, AZ 85214

In addition, an original and two copies of all comments and oppositions must be filed

with the Commission:

Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20554

Petitioner's reply is due 20 days thereafter. Electronic filing is not available at

this time.

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REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM COMMISSION'S CLOSED CAPTIONING RULES CSR 6314

Cathedral Of Praise has filed a petition for exemption from the closed captioning

requirements, pursuant to Section 79.1 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 79.1.

Petitioner claims that compliance would impose an undue burden, as defined in Section

79.1(f) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f). Comments and oppositions are due within 30 days from the date of this public notice.

Please place the case identifier, CSR 6314, on all filings. Comments and oppositions

sent via e-mail to the Commission will be considered informal and are not part of the

official record. In addition, comments and oppositions filed must indicate that they

have been served on the petitioner. All comments and oppositions must be served on

petitioner at:

Cathedral Of PraiseAttn: Vicki Gonzales1701 N Fielder RoadArlington, TX 76012

In addition, an original and two copies of all comments and oppositions must be filed

with the Commission:

Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20554

Petitioner's reply is due 20 days thereafter. Electronic filing is not available at

this time.

The petition and comments are available for public inspection in the Commission's

Reference Information Center:

445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20554202-418-7092

Accessible Formats To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille,

large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or

call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0531 (voice), 202-418-7365

(tty).

Media Contact: Michelle Russo at (202) 418-7200.Media Bureau Contact: Sonia Greenaway-Mickle or Steve Garner at (202) 418-7200.TTY: (202) 418-7172.

You can view either of these petitions on the Consumer & Governmental Affairs website at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/caption_exemptions.html.


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