Tag: opinion

  • VI Anonymity Diminishes Interpreter-Client Relationship

    The differences between text relay and video relay are so vast; it amazes me how the FCC and, in turn, the VRS companies continue to treat VIs (Video Interpreters) like CAs (Communications Assistants; i.e. text relay operators). The effects of this treatment are sometimes unrecognized until something happens to remind an interpreter of what it’s […]

  • FCC Comment: Interpreters ≠ Dial Tone

    I posted the following comment to the FCC regarding Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) – Docket 03-123. I have been told that the FCC considers sign language interpreters to be “equivalent to a dial tone,” and that we are not mandated reporters of abuse. The problem with this is that we are human beings, and unlike […]

  • FCC Comment: No 10-Second Rule

    I posted the following comment to the FCC regarding Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) – Docket 03-123. There are simply not enough qualified American Sign Language Interpreters in the world to meet the needs of all consumers of Video Relay Services, so I oppose the rule that all calls must be answered within 10 seconds. It […]