We, at Purple, are thrilled that we are able to sponsor Marlee Matlin’s presence in Washington DC as a National Association of the Deaf (NAD) spokesperson advocating for the next civil rights bill for deaf and hard of hearing people.
The FCC issued an order stating that if deaf people meet on the phone and have a conference call, the FCC will not allow reimbursement unless there is a hearing person involved This decision did not come from the top of the FCC but from a bureau under the Commissioners. We are now addressing the issue with the Commissioners.
Readers may remember my previous vlog on this topic–asking for rules clarification.
Relay providers should not be in business to simply conduct workplace calls. Purple has asked the FCC for a rule requiring providers to track and disclose conference call minutes so the FCC can evaluate the minutes used by providers. Purple has also requested the FCC to consider reimbursing these calls at cost, which would demonstrate that conference calls are not being used to generate a profit for providers. Purple is committed to improving the transparency of the industry and fighting for what the ADA requires. Purple very much wants to dialogue with the FCC and the industry about establishing clear rules.
Purple intends to comply with the order, but remains committed to effecting change and advocating for the deaf community.
RID has filed a letter in support of the original petition.