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January 2014 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights

In January,The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Policy Statement Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) regarding the rollout of text-to-911. , the FCC urged Commercial Mobile Radio Service providers as well as providers of other text messaging services to enable text-to-911 for their consumers.

Complementing the Policy Statement, the FCC issued a 2nd FNPRM seeking comment on a proposed time frame for text-to-911 deployment, suggesting that the service be made available no later than The Policy Statement and FNPRM follow a series of meetings held by the FCC in January which discussed many agenda items, including text-to-911 deployment, establishment of an Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service National Outreach Program (iTRS-NOP) for video relay service (VRSP) and Internet protocol relay service (IP Relay) and technology transition experiments.

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