Tag Archives: Telecommunications Relay Service

FCC Seeks Input on Revising and Eliminating Older Rules

As summer begins to wind down, the FCC will begin considering whether to revise or eliminate decade-old regulations, including certain rules related to the Universal Service Fund (“USF”), equipment authorization procedures, and disabilities access. The FCC kicked off its review with a Public Notice under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires federal agencies to reexamine … Continue Reading

Next in the FCC’s Sights for Alleged Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: IP CTS Program

In June, the FCC approved a package of regulatory measures – Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”), and Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) – directed at reforming the IP Captioned Telephone Service (“IP CTS”) program to address concerns about its sustainability. IP CTS is a form of telecommunications relay service (“TRS”) that … Continue Reading

FCC Releases 2012 Universal Service Revenue Reporting Worksheet

As it does every year, the FCC released its update to the annual Form 499-A.  The Form 499-A is used to report revenues for purposes of the federal Universal Service Fund and also for calculating associated revenue-based contribution obligations such as TRS, NANP, LNP and FCC Regulatory Fees.  The Public Notice describes changes to the … Continue Reading

Reminder: Non-Interconnected VoIP Providers Must Register by December 31

Back in October, the FCC released an order implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).  Among other things, the order expanded the pool of contributors to the Telecommunications Relay Service Fund to include virtually all VoIP providers, including those that did not fit the FCC’s definition of "interconnected" VoIP. To … Continue Reading

Telecom Law Monitor Feature: Regulatory Requirements for VoIP Services

Our post about the unique enforcement posture of interconnected VoIP quickly became the most popular post on the Telecom Law Monitor.  One person asked if we could elaborate on the differences in regulatory treatment between traditional telecom services, interconnected VoIP and non-interconnected VoIP (like Skype).   In response, we prepared a chart comparing applicability of the major … Continue Reading

Telecommunications Relay Service Fund Contribution Factor Decreases

We have a classic "man bites dog" story for you today:  The FCC announced that its contribution factor for the fund that supports the Telecommunications Relay Service — a telecom assistance service for persons with hearing or speech disabilities — is decreasing by nearly 50%.  Whereas last year’s TRS contribution factor was 1.1% of telecom revenues, … Continue Reading
LexBlog