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Telecommunications relay service (TRS) form

January 19, 2018

The telecommunications relay service form is currently under development.  Submissions are not currently being accepted. Filing instructions to come at a later time.

Telecommunications relay service (TRS) is a telephone service that allows Ohioans with communication disabilities, for example hearing or speech disabilities, to place and receive telephone calls. 7-1-1 is assigned nationwide for access to TRS. These consumers use special telephone devices known as a text telephone (TTY) or a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD). There is no cost to the TRS user. Additional information is available on the FCC website.

Telecommunications relay service annual assessment

R.C. 4905.84 provides that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) shall collect from each service provider that is required under federal law to provide its customers’ access to TRS an annual assessment to pay for the costs incurred by the TRS provider for providing TRS in Ohio.

For purposes of calculating the TRS annual assessment, Ohio Adm.Code 4901:1-6-36 instructs applicable service providers to submit to PUCO staff a completed form, as prescribed by PUCO staff, which contains the number of the service provider’s retail customer access lines or their equivalent. This form is to be utilized by all service providers that are required under federal law to provide its customers access to TRS, including:

  • telephone companies,
  • commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers and
  • providers of advanced services or internet protocol-enabled services that are competitive with or functionally equivalent to voice-grade, end user access lines.

Advanced services and internet protocol-enabled services have the meanings ascribed to them by federal law, including federal regulations. The form is to be submitted using access line or equivalent count data as reported to the Federal Communications Commission Form 477, 499, or other equivalent FCC form as of December 31.