Never before, in the history of the interpreting profession, have interpreters worked in settings where the federal government and large corporations have played such an important role in the provision of interpreting services. The FCC has defined VRS interpreters as ‘communication assistants’ (CA), using language from TRS regulations. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and later FCC regulations, interpreters working in the VRS setting must be “qualified.” At this time, there are issues before the FCC that affect the provision of video relay services and the professionals who work in the field. It is crucial for interpreters working in this setting to stay current with the issues facing video interpreters working for VRS.

The TRS (VRS) Issues link can be found on the FCC Disability Rights Office web page:
https://www.fcc.gov/general/disability-rights-office

FCC Disability Rights Office – TRS Issues
https://www.fcc.gov/general/telecommunications-relay-services-trs

Be sure to read the FCC fact sheet on Video Relay Service:
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/videorelay.html

The TRS history docket includes summaries and citations of TRS (VRS) issues.
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/trs-history-docket

If you have an opinion about issues related to VRS, such as Interpreters working in the VRS setting or VRS providers, go to the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau link:
http://www.fcc.gov/consumer-governmental-affairs-bureau

There you will find a list of open proceedings. Click on the appropriate proceeding for which you want to submit a comment and follow the directions on the Web page.

You can find more detailed direction on the ECFS home page:
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/

There you will see the ECFS Main Links on the right:
Getting Started
Submit a Filing
Search for Filed Comments
Search for a Proceeding History
Pre-ECFS Comments
ECFS Alternate Link
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