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FCC Adopts New Rules for Toll-Free Numbers With IP Relay and VRS

(February 7, 2012)

On August 4, 2011, the FCC adopted new rules to encourage the use of local telephone numbers for VRS and IP Relay and, at the same time, to ensure that the deaf and hard-of-hearing community has the same kind of access to toll-free telephone numbers enjoyed by the hearing community. The new rules became effective on November 22, 2011, and the one year transition period will end on November 21, 2012.

The consumer guide on the transition of toll-free numbers for video relay service (VRS) and IP Relay is now available in American Sign Language and in text at:

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/use-toll-free-numbers-video-and-ip-relay-service

For more information about the FCC's ten-digit numbering requirements, see the FCC consumer guides at:

www.fcc.gov/guides/ten-digit-numbering-and-911-calls-internet-based-trs and

www.fcc.gov/guides/ten-digit-numbering-and-emergency-call-handling-procedures-internet-based-trs.

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