Thread Subject: VoIP enabled cell phones
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From: Baquis David
Date: Fri, Dec 15 2006 2:45 PM
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I received a technical assistance inquiry today from someone who asked
if there are TTY-accessible VoIP (Voice of Internet Protocol) enabled
Beyond my days in the TTY Forum, I was uncertain if there are new
wireless VoIP accessibility barriers that I might not be aware of.
Perhaps the wireless industry can offer expert input on this. I would
need a basic primer as to how a regular digital cell phone differs from
a VoIP cell phone.
Related to that, I wonder if the subcommittee has considered
recommending whether VoIP should be addressed *explicitly* in the
refresh. We get that yes/no question about whether VoIP products are
covered. We have people who specifically look for the term, VoIP, in
Perhaps you can address this point specifically, in your upcoming status
report to the plenary about your subcommittee discussions. Some people
are of the opinion that the standards apply to telecom functionality and
that it should not matter whether a phone is analog, digital or VoIP -
that they are all covered. On the other hand, others are uneasy about
appearing to preempt the FCC by saying VoIP products are telecom covered
by accessibility regulations, before they say so. We cut VoIP out of
the current published telecom technical assistance for that reason. The
flip side of this question is how would you feel about refreshed
standards that said absolutely nothing about VoIP. I can tell you that
it would not serve the needs of federal customers who want clarity on
that subject of how to know with confidence that the new VoIP system
they want to buy is fully accessible.
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