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The FCC Staff Members Are Reviewing Your Comments
On Friday, June 29, 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order freezing the existing VRS rate for the short term while it continues to work on creating a new rate plan for VRS. Hopefully, this new rate plan will include a multi-year rate. Because of the overwhelming response from the Deaf community, the FCC was encouraged to keep an adequate VRS rate in place while the FCC spends more time on this very important matter while considering the needs of the Deaf community.
In the past, the FCC has announced a new VRS rate each July 1 for the coming year. This year, in 2007, the FCC has been working on a plan that would establish a reasonable VRS rate for several years.
In coming weeks or months, it is expected that the FCC will announce a new VRS rate approach that will likely include a three-year VRS reimbursement plan. A three-year rate will encourage providers to make the investment to provide VRS to more Deaf people and to improve the service. VRSCA.org will keep you updated and the latest information will be posted here.