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Federal Communications Commission
1919 - M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Released: May 27, 1998

(CC Docket No. 90-571)

Notice is hereby given that the applications for certification of state Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) programs of the states listed below have been granted, subject to the condition described below, pursuant to Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 47 U.S.C. 225(f)(2), and section 64.605(b) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 64.605(b). The Commission will provide further Public Notice of the certification of the remaining applications for certification once review of those states' applications has been completed. On the basis of the states applications, the Commission has determined that:

the TRS program of the listed states meet or exceed all operational, echnical, and functional minimum standards contained in section 64.604 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 64.604;
the TRS programs of the listed states make available adequate procedures and remedies for enforcing the requirements of the state program; and,
the TRS programs of the listed states in no way conflict with federal law.

The Commission also has determined that, where applicable, the intrastate funding mechanisms of the listed states are labeled in a manner that promotes national understanding of TRS and does not offend the public, consistent with section 64.605(d) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 64.605(d).

On May 14, 1998, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes ways to enhance the quality of existing telecommunications relay services (TRS) and expand those services for better use by individuals with speech disabilities. See Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities, CC Docket No. 98-67, FCC 98-90 (rel. May 20, 1998). Because the Commission may adopt changes to the rules governing relay programs, including state relay programs, the certification granted herein is conditioned on a demonstration of compliance with any new rules ultimately adopted by the Commission. The Commission will provide guidance to the states on demonstrating compliance with such rule changes.

This certification, as conditioned herein, shall remain in effect for a five year period, beginning July 26, 1998, and ending July 25, 2003, pursuant to 47 C.F.R. 64.605(c). One year prior to the expiration of this certification, July 25, 2002, the states may apply for renewal of their TRS program certifications by filing documentation in accordance with the Commission's rules, pursuant to 47 C.F.R. 64.605(a) and (b).

Copies of certification letters are available for public inspection at the Commission's Common Carrier Bureau, Network Services Division, Room 235, 2000 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (closed 12:30 to 1:30 PM) and the FCC Reference Center, Room 239, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., daily, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


File No. TRS-97-02
Applicant: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
State of: Hawaii

File No. TRS-97-05
Applicant: Oregon Public Utility Commission
State of: Oregon

File No. TRS-97-08
Applicant: Tennessee Regulatory Authority
State of: Tennessee

File No. TRS-97-11
Applicant: Kentucky Public Service Commission
State of: Kentucky

File No. TRS-97-12
Applicant: Washington Department of Social and Health Services
State of: Washington

File No. TRS-97-13
Applicant: Arizona Council for Hearing Impaired
State of: Arizona

File No. TRS-97-14
Applicant: State of Delaware Public Service Commission
State of: Delaware

File No. TRS-97-18
Applicant: South Carolina Budget and Control Board
State of: South Carolina

File No. TRS-97-20
Applicant: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
State of: New Jersey

File No. TRS-97-21
Applicant: Department of Budget and Management
State of: Maryland

File No. TRS-97-22
Applicant: Wyoming Department of Employment
State of: Wyoming

File No. TRS-97-25
Applicant: Counsel for the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

File No. TRS-97-26
Applicant: Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation
State of: Indiana

File No. TRS-97-29
Applicant: Governor's Committee on Telecommunications Access Service
State of: Montana

File No. TRS-97-30
Applicant: Vermont Department of Public Service
State of: Vermont

File No. TRS-97-31
Applicant: Idaho Public Utilities Commission
State of: Idaho

File No. TRS-97-32
Applicant: Colorado Public Utilities Commission
State of: Colorado

File No. TRS-97-33
Applicant: Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
State of: South Dakota

File No. TRS-97-40
Applicant: Commission of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
State of: Connecticut

File No. TRS-97-41
Applicant: Louisiana Relay Administration Board
State of: Louisiana

File No. TRS-97-42
Applicant: Nebraska Public Service Commission
State of: Nebraska

File No. TRS-97-43
Applicant: California Public Utilities Commission
State of: California

File No. TRS-97-46
Applicant: New York State Department of Public Service
State of: New York

File No. TRS-97-47
Applicant: District of Columbia Public Service Commission
District of Columbia

File No. TRS-97-48
Applicant: Public Utility Commission of Texas
State of: Texas

File No. TRS-97-49
Applicant: Information Services Division
State of: North Dakota

For further information, contact Al McCloud, (202) 418-2499, amccloud@fcc.gov: Helene Nankin, (202) 418-1466, hnankin@fcc.gov; or Kris Monteith, (202) 418-1098, kmonteit@fcc.gov, (TTY, 202-418-0484), at the Network Services Division, Common Carrier Bureau, Federal Communications Commission.