FCC Invites Comments on Recon re New iTRS Rules [telecom]

This is from CommonLawBlog via the Cybertelecom-L list:

Last August we reported on new rules imposing a number of restrictions on providers of Internet Telecommunications Relay Service (iTRS). Those rules took effect in October, but if you have an interest in iTRS, heads up. A petition for reconsideration of the new rules was filed, and the deadline for commenting on, or opposing, the petition has just been announced.

Among other things, the new rules put an end to the previous practice of some iTRS providers of assigning free "800" numbers to iTRS users. While iTRS users may still have toll-free numbers, they now have to obtain those numbers like everyone else - from the same companies that provide them to the public at large, subject to whatever fees may be involved (unless a hardship waiver is granted). Each toll-free number must be mapped to a regular "plain old telephone service" (POTS) number and be portable from one carrier to another; numbers that aren't so mapped must be removed from directories.

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