Real Time Text to 9-1-1 is Here

Advancements in Communications Accessibility Become a Reality

New communications accessibility options through Real Time Text (RTT) will soon be a daily reality for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking.  In a recent order from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), RTT has been approved as an acceptable alternative to TTY technology for wireless carriers. RTT technology allows consumers to simultaneously send and receive text characters as they are typed or spoken, even while they are using voice services. Beginning as early as January 2018, wireless carriers will begin deploying RTT capability in their networks, enabling new options for consumers to communicate with each other, and with essential services such as 7-1-1 and 9-1-1. Read more…

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