The Commission published in the Federal Register the Final Rule and Proposed Rule on the Transition from Text Telephone (“TTY”) to Real-Time Text (“RTT”) Technology Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Order” and “FNPRM”), adopted in the December Open Meeting, thus establishing the effective date and comment dates.  Please see the previously circulated summary below for a comprehensive overview of the Order and FNRPM.

The Final Rule adopts the amendments in the Order made to facilitate the transition from TTY to RTT communication for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have a speech disability over Internet Protocol (IP) enabled networks and services.  The Order will become effective February 22, 2017.

In the Proposed Rule, the Commission seeks comment on further actions it could take to continue the transition from TTY to RTT, as established in the FNPRM.  The comment dates are as follows:

Comments are due February 22, 2017.

Reply comments are due March 24, 2017.

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