Wireless Carriers To Adopt a New Real-Time Text Protocol To Help People With Disabilities

The FCC, an independent agency of the United States government, says it is ready to adopt a proposal which would help people with disabilities communicate more efficiently and conveniently (PDF). Dubbed real-time text, the protocol is designed to supersede the aging teletypewriter devices that facilitate text conversations over traditional phone lines. FCC said that wireless phone networks would be required to support the aforementioned protocol starting in December 2017. “As communications networks migrate to IP-based environments, this technology would allow Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech disabled or deaf-blind to use the same wireless communications devices as their friends, relatives and colleagues, and more seamlessly integrate into tomorrow’s communications networks,” FCC wrote. Engadget reports: The big differentiator for RTT over current, commonly used text-based messaging systems is that RTT messages are sent immediately as they’re typed. The RTT technology will let text users communicate with people on voice-based phones and vice versa; it can also work easily on your standard smartphone, eliminating the need for specialized equipment.

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