Summary: S.2221 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (08/10/1988)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Directs the Federal Communications Commission to establish, implement, and plan for the evolution of a telecommunications system for the hearing-impaired and speech-impaired with and within the Federal Government to increase their access to Federal departments and agencies through Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDDs).

Directs the FCC to: (1) within 90 days of this Act's enactment, provide for continuation of the existing relay system and for its expansion to a prescribed minimum service level; (2) within 18 months of this Act's enactment, complete rulemaking that will ensure accessibility of TDDs in Federal agencies; (3) publish a TDD directory of Government access numbers; (4) adopt a logo identifying TDD stations; (5) support the development of cost-reducing technologies; and (6) within 12 months of this Act's enactment, complete its current inquiry concerning an interstate relay system for TDD users.

Requires that the Congress install TDDs and assure their accessibility in congressional offices as soon as practicable.

Authorizes appropriations.