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CRTC reaches a decision

Many of you have been waiting to hear what that the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) has decided regarding Video Relay Service (VRS) and accessibility issues for deaf and hard of individuals in Canada

The highlights, for deaf and hard of hearing individuals:
– IP Relay within a year
– VRS relay test to proceed by Telus and Bell and then ….(uncertain)
– Captioning improvements
– 911 improvements

There are many other decisions in there in response to cognitive and visual impairments etc., so we encourage you may want to read the entire decision.

The full decision can be read here:   www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-430.htm

Also check out a news article from CBC news on the recent decision –  www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/07/21/tech-090721-cell-phones.html

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One comment on “CRTC reaches a decision

  • Hello all,

    I encourage you to read the CBC news article, and the comments posted on the website… it’s unbelievable what ignorant and/or bigoted people have written about what they think the CRTC decision means….
    for example, people don’t understand true facts about how people who are blind/visually impaired can enjoy tv more (they may not see the screen, but can hear the people talking on shows, and having ‘descriptive audio’ means they can understand more about what happens – who comes in the scene, what happens in the scenes, etc. – just like an intervenor would describe to a deaf-blind person.) I encourage you to add your comments, or click on “agree” or “disagree” with the comments already there.

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