[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 92 (Monday, May 12, 2008)]
[Pages 26992-26993]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-10517]



[CG Docket No. 03-123; DA 08-1055]

National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) Submits the Payment 
Formula and Fund Size Estimate for the Interstate Telecommunications 
Relay Services (TRS) Fund

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau 
(Bureau) seeks comment on NECA's proposed compensation rates for 
interstate traditional TRS; interstate Speech-to-Speech (STS); 
interstate captioned telephone service (CTS) and interstate and 
intrastate Internet Protocol (IP) captioned telephone service (IP CTS); 
interstate and intrastate IP Relay; and interstate and intrastate Video 
Relay Service (VRS). The Bureau also seeks comment on the proposed 
carrier contribution factor and interstate TRS Fund size requirement.

DATES: Comments are due on or before May 16, 2008, and reply comments 
are due on or before May 23, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments identified by CG 
Docket No. 03-123, by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically 
using the Internet by accessing the Commission's Electronic Comment 
Filing System (ECFS), through the Commission's Web site: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/, or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow the instructions provided on 
the Web site for submitting comments. For ECFS filers, in completing 
the transmittal screen, filers should include their full name, U.S. 
Postal Service mailing address, and CG Docket No. 03-123. Parties may 
also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing 
instructions, filers should send an e-mail to [email protected], and include 
the following words in the body of the message, ``get form .'' A sample form and directions will be sent in response.
     Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must 
file an original and four copies of each filing. Filings can be sent by 
hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by 
first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although the 
Commission continues to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal 
Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission's 
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
     The Commission's contractor will receive hand-delivered or 
messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary at 236 
Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002. The filing 
hours at this location are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. All hand deliveries must be 
held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be 
disposed of before entering the building.
     Commercial mail sent by overnight mail (other than U.S. 
Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 
East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
     U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority 
mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.
    Parties who choose to file by paper should also submit their 
filings on compact disc. The compact disc should be submitted, along 
with three paper copies to: Dana Wilson, Consumer & Governmental 
Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, 445 12th Street, SW., Room 3-
C418, Washington, DC 20554. Such a submission should be on a compact 
disc formatted in an IBM compatible format using Word 2003 or a 
compatible software. The compact disc should be accompanied by a cover 
letter and should be submitted in ``read only'' mode. The compact disc 
should be clearly labeled with the commenter's name, proceeding (CG 
Docket No. 03-123), type of pleading (comment or reply comment), date 
of submission, and the name of the electronic file on the compact disc. 
The label should also include the following phrase ``CD-Rom Copy--Not 
an Original.'' Each compact disc should contain only one party's 
pleadings, preferably in a single electronic file. In addition, 
commenters filing by paper must send a compact disc copy to the 
Commission's duplicating contractor at Portals II, 445 12th Street, 
SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Mason, (202) 418-7126 (voice), 
(202) 418-7828 (TTY), or e-mail: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's Public 
Notice DA 08-1055. Pursuant to 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.419, interested 
parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates 
indicated in the Dates section. The full text of DA 08-1055 and 
subsequently filed documents in this matter are available for public 
inspection and copying during regular business hours at the FCC 
Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room 
CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. They may also be purchased from the 
Commission's duplicating contractor at Portals II, 445 12th Street, 
SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554; the contractor's Web site, 
http://www.bcpiweb.com; or by calling (800) 378-3160. DA 08-292 and 
subsequently filed documents in this matter may also be found by 
searching ECFS at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs (insert CG Docket No. 03-
123 into the Proceeding block).
    To request materials in accessible formats for people with 
disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), 
send an e-mail to [email protected] or call the Consumer & Governmental 
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). DA 08-
292 can also be downloaded in Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) 
at: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/trs.html.


    On May 1, 2008, pursuant to 47 CFR 64.604(c)(5)(iii)(H) of the 
Commission rules, NECA, the Interstate TRS Fund Administrator, 
submitted its annual payment formula and fund size estimate for the 
Interstate TRS Fund for the period July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009.
    NECA proposes per minute compensation rates based on the new rate 
calculation methodologies established in the 2007 TRS Rate Methodology 
Order. These calculations result in the following proposed rates: 
$1.5938 for interstate traditional TRS; $2.7248 for interstate STS; 
$1.6569 for interstate CTS and interstate and intrastate IP CTS; 
$1.2865 for interstate and intrastate IP Relay; and tiered rates of 
$6.7362 for the first 50,000 monthly minutes, $6.4675 for monthly 
minutes between 50,001 and 500,000, and $6.2685 for minutes above 
500,000 for interstate and intrastate VRS. Based on these rates, NECA 
proposes a carrier contribution factor of 0.01012, and a Fund size 
requirement of $805.5 million.

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    The Bureau seeks comment on NECA's proposed compensation rates for 
traditional TRS, STS, CTS and IP CTS, IP Relay, and VRS for the period 
of July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009, as well as the proposed carrier 
contribution factor and Fund size requirement.

Federal Communications Commission.
Nicole McGinnis,
Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau.
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