The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:
“Moving forward with a proceeding to allow real-time text (“RTT”) communications to replace outdated TTY technology is long overdue and the right thing to do. We are concerned, however, that the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) spends too much time looking backward to the rules associated with the ‘antiquated technology with technical and functional limitations’ of TTY rather than forward to spur the innovations brought about by RTT.
“RTT is a technology that is being cheered by those who are impacted the most by its introduction. The Commission should take that as an indication that its focus should be on retiring 1960s-era TTY services and not on micromanaging the details of its replacement. Technology transitions work best when the new technology is allowed the flexibility to evolve and solve old problems in new ways. AT&T looks forward to working with the Commission to that end in its responses to the NPRM.”