FCC Chairman Promises Open-Source Video-Conferencing Platform for ASL-Signing Callers


Story by Ellen Muraskin, ChannelPartnersOnline

FCC Chairman Tim Wheeler addressed the biannual meeting of the Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI) Conference in Baltimore on Thursday, with news of interest to anyone who works in assistive technologies.

The Commission is preparing an open-source videoconferencing platform for ASL (American Sign Language) communication and customer service, to be available “by this time next year.” As a first step, Wheeler said, they will release mobile and desktop applications that “allow for text, voice and high-quality video calling into existing TRS (telecommunications relay service) providers.”

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