TDI casts ominous cloud on FCC proposed VRS ‘09-’10 rate
Recent U.S. Appeals Court decision “in check”
A Consumer Group -Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,Inc. (TDI) apparently is creating a menacing predicament for some VRS providers in establishing a ‘09-’10 VRS compensation rate. This is being accomplished by requesting to see NECAs “postulating” of the TRS compensation rate funding to VRS providers from the FCC... READ MORE

FCC proposes ‘09-’10 VRS rate cut...Sorenson squirms
On May 14, the FCC issued a "Notice of Proposed Rule Making" (NPRM) stating 'we should modify the compensation rates for Video Relay Service (VRS) for the 2009-2010 Fund year.'
The deadline for the filed comment period on this issue was initially set for June 4 but has been extended to July 6 due to objections from parties “to allow interested stakeholders more time to comment on the NPRM given its potential impact on the VRS industry”.The ‘modifying’ they’re announcing is a projected CUT for ‘09-’10 funding of the per minute rate, negating the last year of the “contract” that was created in ‘07. That may come as a surprise to some. To others, not so shocking given the current economic crisis.As a resident of Michigan, “ground zero” of economic chaos, chronic dismal expectations with the state economy have been experienced for a LONG period of time.
Operating with less is the rule, not the exception. Government Motors, aka GM, has provided a reality check for thousands and thousands of people in Michigan.
Are you watching California?!Notwithstanding the current economic climate, Sorenson may have brought this “price drop” upon itself....READ MORE

Videointerpret NEWS from the 15%
Convo Relay Launches a New Video Relay Service for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities Austin, Texas (PRWEB) May 21 Convo Relay today announced the launch of a new Video Relay Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers, Convo. Convo utilizes technology, call centers and video software to provide a service that enables deaf people to communicate with hearing parties.The vision of Convo includes ensuring speedy connection times, hence providing the best of functional equivalency....SOURCE

Video Interpreters Save Lives Mon, May 18, 2009 (nbclosangeles.com)
Dr. Bruce Hensel reported on a potentially lifesaving video interpretation service for patients in hospitals throughout the country...SOURCE

Language Line Services Expands Video Interpretation Service to Include Mexican Sign Language April 02, 2009 08:30 AM
TUCSON Language Line Services, the world’s leading provider of language solutions, today announced the addition of Mexican Sign Language or Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM), the dominant language of the deaf community in the urban regions of Mexico, to the Language Line® Video Interpreter Service offering... SOURCE

HOVRS files “Rule” complaint
After months of campaigning to the FCC for a fair, predictable and stable rate and to VRS consumers to support their ADA mandated “functional equivalency” right to VRS, , the final word has arrived...and then some. The story