The FCC issued a Public Notice on December 26, 2018 seeking input on a petition from General Motors Holding LLC (“GM”) that requests partial waiver of the interoperability functionalities for accessible real-time text (“RTT”) technology, as defined by the FCC. GM intends to launch an autonomous vehicle (“AV”) ride-hailing service in the near future that will include real time voice communication capability that riders can use to communicate with customer support. GM will also use RTT for such communications and GM seeks to be exempted from certain required RTT interoperability features based on planned limitations of the communications.

Comments on the Public Notice are due by January 25, 2019; and reply comments are due by February 11, 2019.

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More thiStock_000036215158Largean a year after seeking comment on proposed revisions to its communications network outage reporting (NOR) requirements, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released an Order.  (The proposed NOR requirements for submarine cable systems was released in November 2015 and that proceeding remains pending.)  Recognizing that communications technology has evolved since the Part 4 NOR rules were put in place in 2012, and seeking a means to enhance the information it receives from carriers about network outages, on Thursday, the Commission released an Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) and Order on Reconsideration (Order) adopting some NOR rule updates and soliciting comment on others.  Almost all telecommunications providers – whether VoIP, wireless, satellite or wireline – are impacted by the new rules or could be affected by the  proposed revisions in the FNPRM, so all providers should closely review their current reporting mechanisms and update their internal processes to ensure compliance with the new requirements and deadlines.  The exact comments deadlines have not been set, but comments will be due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register with replies due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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