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Notice of Certification of Hands on Video Relay Services, Inc. as a Provider of Internet Protocol Relay (IP Relay) and Video Relay Service (VRS) Eligible for Compensation From the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Commission grants Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc. (Hands On's) application for certification as an IP Relay and VRS provider eligible for compensation from the Interstate TRS Fund. The Commission concludes that Hands On has adequately demonstrated that its provision of IP Relay and VRS will meet or exceed all operational, technical, and functional TRS standards set forth in the Commission's rules; that it makes available adequate procedures and remedies for ensuring compliance with applicable Commission rules; and that to the extent Hands On's service differs from the mandatory minimum standards, the service does not violate the rules.

DATES:

Effective December 22, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.

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FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gregory Hlibok, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office at (800) 311-4381 (Voice), (202) 418-0431 (TTY), or e-mail at Gregory.Hlibok@fcc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's document DA 06-2578, released December 22, 2006, addressing an application for certification filed by Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc. on October 4, 2006. See Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc., Application for Certification as an Eligible VRS and IP Start Printed Page 10215Relay Provider, CG Docket No. 03-123, (Hands On Application). The full text of document DA 06-2578 and copies of any subsequently filed documents in this matter will be available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. Document DA 06-2578 and copies of subsequently filed documents in this matter may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor at Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554. Customers may contact the Commission's duplicating contractor at its web site http://www.bcpiweb.com or by calling 1-800-378-3160. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). Document DA 06-2578 can also be downloaded in Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov/​cgb/​dro.

Synopsis

On October 4, 2006, Hands On filed an application for certification as an IP Relay and VRS provider eligible for compensation from the Interstate TRS Fund (Fund) pursuant to the IP Relay and VRS provider certification rules. See Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities, Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, CG Docket No. 03-123, FCC 05-203 (December 12, 2005); published at 70 FR 76208, December 23, 2005 (2005 VRS Certification Order); 47 CFR 64.605(a)(2) of the Commission's rules. On November 21, 2006, Hands On submitted a supplement to its application for certification. Hands On, Inc., Supplement to Application for Certification as a VRS and IP Relay Provider of Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc., CG Docket No. 03-123 (November 21, 2006) (Hands On Supplement). Hands On's application is granted, subject to the conditions noted below.

On December 12, 2005, the Commission released an order adopting new rules permitting carriers desiring to offer IP Relay and/or VRS and receive payment from the Fund to seek certification as a provider eligible for compensation from the Fund. 2005 VRS Certification Order. The rules require entities seeking such certification to submit documentation to the Commission setting forth, in narrative form:

(i) A description of the forms of TRS to be provided (i.e., VRS and/or IP Relay); (ii) a description of how the provider will meet all non-waived mandatory minimum standards applicable to each form of TRS offered; (iii) a description of the provider's procedures for ensuring compliance with all applicable TRS rules; (iv) a description of the provider's complaint procedures; (v) a narrative describing any areas in which the provider's service will differ from the applicable mandatory minimum standards; (vi) a narrative establishing that services that differ from the mandatory minimum standards do not violate applicable mandatory minimum standards; (vii) demonstration of status as a common carrier; and (viii) a statement that the provider will file annual compliance reports demonstrating continued compliance with these rules. 47 CFR 64.605(a)(2) of the Commission's rules.

The rules further provide that after review of the submitted documentation, the Commission shall certify that the provider of IP Relay and VRS is eligible for compensation from the Fund if the Commission determines that the certification documentation:

(i) Establishes that the provision of IP Relay and VRS * * * will meet or exceed all non-waived operational, technical, and functional minimum standards contained in § 64.604 of the Commission's rules; (ii) establishes that the IP Relay and VRS * * * provider makes available adequate procedures and remedies for ensuring compliance with the requirements of this section and the mandatory minimum standards contained in § 64.604 of the Commission's rules, including that it makes available for TRS users informational materials on complaint procedures sufficient for users to know the proper procedures for filing complaints; and

(iii) Where the TRS service differs from the mandatory minimum standards contained in § 64.604 of the Commission's rules, the IP Relay and VRS * * * provider establishes that its service does not violate applicable mandatory minimum standards. 47 CFR 64.605(b)(2) of the Commission's rules.

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) has reviewed the Hands On Application and Hands On Supplement pursuant to these rules. The Bureau concludes that Hands On has adequately demonstrated that its provision of IP Relay and VRS will meet or exceed all operational, technical, and functional TRS standards set forth in 47 CFR 64.604 of the Commission's rules; that it makes available adequate procedures and remedies for ensuring compliance with applicable Commission rules; and that to the extent Hands On's service differs from the mandatory minimum standards, the service does not violate the rules.

The Bureau notes that the Commission has adopted a declaratory ruling requiring the interoperability of VRS equipment and service. See Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities, CG Docket No. 03-123, Declaratory Ruling and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 06-57 (May 9, 2006), published at 71 FR 30818, May 31, 2006 and 71 FR 30848, May 31, 2006. The Bureau conditions this grant of certification upon compliance with that order. See also 47 CFR 64.605(e)(2) of the Commission's rules (Commission may require certified providers to submit documentation demonstrating compliance with the mandatory minimum standards). Further, Hands On must file an annual report with the Commission evidencing that they are in compliance with § 64.604 of the Commission's rules. See 47 CFR 64.605(g) of the Commission's rules. The first such report shall be due one year after December 22, 2006, and subsequent reports shall be due each year thereafter.

This certification shall remain in effect for a period of five years from the release date of December 22, 2006. See 47 CFR 64.605(c)(2) of the Commission's rules. Within ninety days prior to the expiration of this certification, Hands On may apply for renewal of its IP Relay and VRS certification by filing documentation in accordance with the Commission's rules. See 47 CFR 64.605(c)(2) of the Commission's rules.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Jay Keithley,

Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau.

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[FR Doc. E7-4045 Filed 3-6-07; 8:45 am]

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