On February 17, 2022, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on an application filed by NexTalk, Inc., for certification to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) using fully automatic IP CTS.
NexTalk has submitted the application with the hopes of making AccessHome SpeechPath accessible to all hard-of-hearing individuals who need captions to communicate effectively and make it available at no cost to consumers under the government-reimbursable IP CTS program.
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As of May 2023, NexTalk is still awaiting comment and ruling from the FCC.
Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. All filings must reference CG Docket No. 03-123. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.
Link to NexTalk’s Application:
General information about IP CTS is available at www.fcc.gov/ipcts. For further information, please contact Joshua Mendelsohn, Disability Rights Office, Consumer, and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at 202-599-7304 or by e-mail to Joshua.Mendelsohn@fcc.gov. Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).