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FCC Looks to Fully Automate Phone Captioning

On July 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published, in the Federal Register, its intent to allow telephone captioning providers under their Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) to provide captions using fully Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) software.  The proposed change is expected save a substantial amount of money by making the role of the human Captioning…

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FCC launches pilot program to allow 911 texting; approves real-time captioning app

  WASHINGTON, DC—This has been a big week at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Yesterday (May 15), the agency officially launched a pilot program in limited parts of the U.S. allowing people to text in emergency messages to 911 rather having to call them in vocally. Two days…

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After settling with FCC, non-compliant wireless phone makers will pay $540,000

WASHINGTON, DC–The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reached settlements with two wireless phone makers that its Enforcement Bureau found were failing to comply with FCC requirements to provide the public with hearing aid-compatible mobile phones. Under the consent decrees announced by the FCC on June 21, Airadigm Communications, dba Airfire Mobile, will make “a voluntary…

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Once seen as a foe, mobile phone industry to be honored by Hearing Loss Association

By David H. Kirkwood BETHESDA, MD—Back in the late 1990s, few would have believed that advocates for people with hearing loss would ever have a kind word for the wireless phone industry. That was the time that mobile phones were really starting to catch on in the U.S. The bad news, as users and manufacturers…

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