FCC Rules in Favor of Updated System for Deaf Communication
Outdated TTY system to be replaced with digital, real-time technology.
The Federal Communications Commission ruled last month to replace old-fashioned teletypewriter (TTY) devices that are currently in service with a real-time text (RTT) solution, Digital Trends reports.
TTY devices rely on conventional phone lines to aid those with difficulty hearing, but RTT, which operates via Wi-Fi, is a more modern and efficient alternative.
RTT allows devices to send text instantaneously and automatically through wireless networks, with no need to invoke another “send” command.
The FCC says this allows for “a more conversational rhythm.”
In a statement, the FCC noted that RTT will “allow Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech disabled, or deaf-blind to use the same wireless communications devices as their friends, relatives, and colleagues, and more seamlessly integrate into tomorrow’s communications networks.”
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