of the Florida Statutes concerning the TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACCESS
ADMINISTRATOR - A nonprofit corporation [427.704(2), F.S.]created by the local exchange
telephone companies pursuant to Commission Order No. 24462
dated May 1, 1991.
That nonprofit corporation was created in June of 1991 and is known as
Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI)
The Administrator has three
basic roles: one is to collect the surcharge revenues from the local exchange telephone
companies and pay the relay service provider [427.705(1)(d)&(g), F.S.], another
is to distribute and maintain the specialized telecommunications devices [417.705(1)(a),
F.S.] and the third is to provide community outreach and training on use of the
relay service and specialized telecommunications devices [427.705(1)(a)-(b), F.S.]
The FTRI's offices are located in Tallahassee.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE- A group of up to ten (10) individuals
recommended by various organizations representing both the telephone industry and
individuals with hearing, speech, or dual sensory impairment [427.706, F.S.] The
Advisory Committee's role is to provide input to both the FPSC and the Administrator
on the development and operation of the Telecommunications Access System. The Advisory
Committee has been actively involved in the implementation of TASA since May 1991.
The Advisory Committee has met with the Commission staff on several occasions and
also made presentations before the Commission.
FPSC - The Florida Public Service Commission, which has overall responsibility for
implementation and oversight of the system [427.704(1), F.S.]
LEC - Local Exchange Company. These providers of local exchange telephone service
have the responsibility of collecting the surcharge and submitting it to the Administrator.
- The entity that provides the relay service [427.704(3)(a), F.S.]
The FPSC entered into a contract with AT&T to provide the relay service for the
three-year period from June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2015. The contract includes four one-year optional
contract extensions with AT&T.