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FCC Sets TRS Compensation Rates

July 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order in the Matter of Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities [CG Docket No. 03-123] and Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program [CG Docket No. 10-51]. The Order adopts per-minute compensation rates for all telecommunication relay services (TRS), excluding video relay services (VRS).  Specifically, for the 2013-2014 fund year, the Order sets the compensation rates as follows:

  • Interstate traditional TRS - $2.1647
  • Interstate Speech-to-Speech (STS) relay service - $3.2957
  • Interstate captioned telephone service (CTS) and IP captioned telephone service (IP CTS) - $1.7877
  • IP relay - $1.0147

The rates were set by the current TRS fund administrator through application of the MARS analysis, which averages each state’s intrastate rates and minutes of use. The new rates will be implemented between August 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013.

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