HLAA, TDI, and other consumer organizations filed a Petition for Stay on September 30, 2013. Our Petition requests the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put a hold on implementation of one section of their Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS) Order that requires all users to pay a minimum of $75 for the captioned telephones. See our Petition.
Consumer groups say in our Petition that the FCC has not made adequate provision for low income consumers who need IP CTS, particularly in states that do not have equipment distribution programs. We are concerned that consumers struggling in this economy will find the additional burden of $75 shuts them out of access to telephones. Those of us who depend on captioned phones know how important they can be: to talk to the doctor, get a job or keep a job, keep in contact with family, or get help in an emergency.
Several individuals joined our Petition with written statements about the harm that provision will do in their state. One mom from Michigan, where there is no equipment distribution program, stated that $75 equals a week’s worth of groceries for her family. She is outraged that the FCC would make her choose between access for her son or feeding her family.