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Telecommunications Access System


DEVELOPMENT OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACCESS SYSTEM
The major implementation issues were dealt with in 1991 and 1992. Since that time, the Telecommunications Access System has been continuing to meet telecommunications needs of the population of Florida. The table below identifies the major steps in development of the Telecommunications Access System.
Date Event
Sep 04, 1997 The FPSC, on behalf of the State of Florida, submitted an application for renewal of the certification of the Florida Relay Service by the FCC.
Jul 01, 1998 The FPSC submitted its comments to the FCC on several relay issues in CC Docket No. 98-67, Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech to Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities.
May 21, 2002 The Commission voted to extend the Sprint contract for relay services until May 31, 2005.
Nov 07, 2000 The Commission voted to amend the contract with Sprint to incorporate changes mandated by the FCC beginning December 18, 2000.
Nov 07, 2000 The Commission voted to add Turbo Code as a service offered by Sprint.
May 15, 2001 The Commission voted to add Caller ID as a service offered by Sprint.
Mar 02, 2010 The Commission removed roaming and guest options for Florida CapTel phone service.
Jun 01, 2001 The Commission received an award from the Florida Association for the Deaf for its service to promote relay advancements for Florida deaf citizens.
Sep 22, 2014 The Commission awarded the Florida Relay Service contract to Sprint for a three-year contract beginning in June 2015.
Feb 14, 2012 The Commission awarded the Florida relay service contract to AT&T Relay for a three-year period beginning on June 1, 2012 and ending May 31, 2015.
Jan 04, 2005 The Commission approved staff's recommendation to award the relay service contract to Sprint-Florida, Inc. for a three-year period beginning on June 1, 2005 and ending May 31, 2008.
Dec 18, 2014 The Commission approved an early transition of relay providers date of March 3, 2015 from June 1, 2015 for the transition from AT&T to Sprint.
Jun 15, 2010 The Commission approved a one-year contract option extension with Sprint Relay beginning June 1, 2011.
Jun 30, 2009 The Commission approved a one-year contract option extension with Sprint Relay beginning June 1, 2010.
Jul 01, 2008 The Commission approved a one-year contract option extension with Sprint Relay beginning June 1, 2009.
Sep 11, 2007 The Commission approved a one-year contract option extension with Sprint Relay beginning June 1, 2008.
Jul 01, 1991 TASA surcharge set at $.05 per access line per month.
Jul 01, 2004 TASA surcharge increased from $.13 to $.15 per access line per month.
Mar 01, 2004 TASA surcharge increased from $.12 to $.13. The Commission voted to include CapTel as a service.
Jul 01, 1996 TASA surcharge increased from $.10 to $.12 per access line per month.
Nov 01, 1994 TASA surcharge increased from $.10 to $.12 per access line per month.
Jul 01, 2003 TASA surcharge increased from $.08 to $.12 per access line per month
Jul 01, 2001 TASA surcharge increased from $.08 to $.12 per access line per month
Jul 01, 1992 TASA surcharge increased from $.05 to $.10 per access line per month.
Jul 01, 1998 TASA surcharge decreased from $.12 to $.11 per access line per month.
Jul 01, 1995 TASA surcharge decreased from $.12 to $.10 per access line per month.
Jul 01, 2002 TASA surcharge decreased from $.12 to $.08 per access line per month.
Jul 01, 1999 TASA surcharge decreased from $.11 to $.09 per access line per month.
Jul 01, 2000 TASA surcharge decreased from $.09 to $.08 per access line per month.
Apr 24, 1991 TASA passed legislature
May 24, 1991 TASA became law.
Jan 11, 2000 Sprint selected as Florida's relay provider.
Jun 01, 2000 Sprint became Florida's Relay provider.
Sep 01, 1991 Responsibility for distribution of specialized telecommunications equipment transferred from Florida Council for the Hearing Impaired to Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.
Sep 21, 2004 Request for Proposals Released for relay service beginning June 1, 2005.
Oct 07, 1999 Relay RFP issued for relay service beginning June 1, 2000.
Aug 14, 1996 Relay RFP issued for relay service beginning June 1, 1997.
Aug 15, 1991 Relay RFP issued for relay service beginning June 1, 1992.
May 06, 1997 MCI offers a third 800 telephone number for ASCII users.
Mar 30, 2000 MCI assessed liquidated damage for service quality.
Aug 02, 2000 MCI assessed additional liquidated damages.
Oct 13, 2005 Liquidated Damages assessed against Sprint for failure to meet typing speed requirements of 60 wpm on live relay calls.
Aug 12, 2016 FTRI Budget approved. TASA surcharge decreased to $0.11 per access line per month.
May 09, 2014 FTRI budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.11 per access line per month.
May 05, 2015 FTRI Budget approved. TASA surcharge increased to $0.12 per access line per month.
Jun 03, 2013 FTRI 2013-2014 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.11 per access line per month.
May 08, 2012 FTRI 2012-2013 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.11 per access line per month.
May 24, 2011 FTRI 2011-2012 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.11 per access line per month.
May 04, 2010 FTRI 2010-2011 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.11 per access line per month.
May 05, 2009 FTRI 2009-2010 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.11 per access line per month.
May 06, 2008 FTRI 2008-2009 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.11 per access line per month.
Jun 25, 2007 FTRI 2007-2008 budget approved. TASA surcharge reduced from $0.15 to $0.11 per access line per month.
Jun 26, 2006 FTRI 2006-2007 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.15 per access line per month.
Jun 16, 2005 FTRI 2005-2006 budget approved. TASA surcharge maintained at $0.15 per access line per month.
Sep 15, 1992 FPSC request for certification of Florida Relay Service sent to FCC.
Jun 13, 1991 Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (TASA Administrator) incorporated as a nonprofit association.
Jun 01, 1992 Florida Relay Service formally begins processing relay calls out of the Miami relay center.
Sep 16, 1991 First specialized telecommunications equipment distributed by FTRI.
May 01, 1991 First Advisory Committee members named.
Mar 31, 1994 Final report of Deaf Service Center Association on results of pilot project on Special Needs.
May 19, 2003 FCC Recertification application approved through July 1, 2008
Jul 08, 1993 FCC letter certifying the Florida Relay System as being in compliance with the FCC rules implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act. Certification is in effect from July 26, 1993 through July 25, 1998.
Jan 17, 1992 Contract signed with MCI to provide Florida Relay Service.
Apr 08, 1997 Contract signed with MCI to provide Florida Relay Service for three years. (June 1, 1997 - May 30, 2000)
Aug 04, 1994 Contract amendment with MCI to extend relay service contract for fourth year from June 1, 1995 to May 31, 1996.
Jul 18, 1995 Contract amendment with MCI to extend relay service contract for fifth year from June 1, 1996 to May 31, 1997
Feb 07, 2006 Contract amended to reflect new FCC answer time requirements.
Nov 21, 2006 Contract amended to eliminate requirement that CA shall not inform the telephone user that the TDD user is hearing or speech disabled unless the TDD user asks the CA to do so.
Oct 01, 2002 Applied to the FCC for recertification.
Aug 01, 2001 711 used to access relay service in Florida.