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March 8, 2009

Dash IP voice services used by Purple Communications

To meet new FCC Mandates

By CBR Staff Writer

Dash Carrier Services, a provider of wholesale voice carrier services, has announced that Purple Communications is using its IP Telephony Services to help meet new FCC Mandates for Telecommunications Relay and Emergency e911.

Through the agreement, Dash Carrier Services (Dash) provides Purple, a provider of text and video relay services, solutions to order, provision, and modify DIDs and e911 emergency services information through its Application Provisioning Dashboard.

Telecommunications Relay (TRS) enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-disabled to use a text telephone (TTY) or an internet-connected PC to communicate with hearing persons over a telephone.

Until late 2008, these services, delivered as IP-Relay in text form, or Video Relay Services (VRS) in video form, did not offer users the benefits conveyed by real, 10-digit phone numbers.

A recent FCC mandate decreed that by internet-based TRS users must offer 10-digit numbers that ensure deaf users can be reached by telephone with the same convenience that hearing people are reached. By June 30, 2009, internet based TRS users must have a 10-digit number to make and receive relay calls.

In addition, the FCC implemented these measures to ensure that emergency calls placed by internet-based TRS users will be routed directly and automatically to the appropriate emergency services authorities by internet-based TRS providers.

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