Ron Burdett, Vice President of Community Relations for Sorenson Communications, explains how Video Relay Service (VRS) is funded and provides information on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent VRS rate proposal—and Sorenson’s response to it.

VRS Rate Updated

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  • Connie Rock
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    I AM SUPPORTER FOR VRS TO CONTINUE! ALL OF US LOVE TO USE VP. PLEASE KEEP KEEP KEEP KEEP SORENSON VRS RUNNING!

  • Abe Cohen
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    I’m supporting vrs of Sorenson company still running. Not lose the vrs, I want to keep vrs in the future.

  • Song Lewis
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    I use my VRS all the time and it is the only way that I have to communicate with my friends. We need to tell the FCC that the VRS needs to continue and that most deaf people can not afford to pay for this service. Also the need for interpreters is essential because it is the way that hearing people can talk with relatives or family members that are deaf. It is also needed for operating of our everyday lives with the world outside. Please keep Sorenson VRS up and running so that our lives can continue to be somewhat normal.

  • Suzanne Hordines
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    I am supporting vrs of Sorenson company still running. Not lose the vrs, I want to keep vrs in the future.

  • Ron trumble
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    I’m self employed. I use sorenson VRS for business calls which had been faster than TTY which has been a pain in the past timewise. Plus it more effective with my timing overall whenever I use the phone. I get more things done! Don’t discard VRS I can’t afford it!

  • David Seitchik
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    I am a heavy user of VRS (which I have rotate various VRS companies for my show of support for major VRS players)for my business which I am in touch with many clients and for my personal uses to be in touch with my family members who are not Deaf. I think that FCC has to realized how damaging their actions will on VRS companies and our ability to communicate effectively without barriers per se ADA laws. FCC’s purpose is not to trample our rights to communicate with the world at large via VRS, yet they are doing gross injustice. I thought the government’s role is to support ADA laws and not to break it?? I have already written letters to FCC to express my concerns as a Deaf American citizen to see well-run VRS companies to continue to run their businesses with integrity and high ethnics. FCC is to be there to prevent unethnical financial incidents by a VRS provider, and provide sufficent funding to ensure barrier free communication with certified and qualified ASL interpreters. I firmly believe that ALL VRS users MUST write to FCC to lead overwhelming objections against the smallmindsets of FCC’s pencil pushers regarding the drastic rate reduction change that is insufficient to support a VRS business operation. If you let your apathy take over and depend on other fighers to do your fight.. you are going to be frustrated with your VRS providers because you did not do your share of this fight with FCC’s ruling on rate changes. Do you really want to go back using TTY relay and the long waits? Not being able to use our mother tongue language of our hands to talk with the hearing world via VRS??? What are you waiting for? Write!

  • Alice Smith
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    I am very much interesting about VRS while my husband dying and need help from Hospice and doctors when I need to know but there was very much interesting so Hopsice and deaf person can comunnication very well and helps alot. Really very important of call 911 I did before. Wow what a real fast work. I am really honest that I am very much about that. So I prefer to keep VRS always as long as deaf need quick.

  • Michael Smith
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    I am supporting of Video Relay Services Today. I want to keep the Sorenson Company in the Future. It’s very important that We need to communication with deaf and hearing people and 911 on Video Relay Services.

  • Mark Hight
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    If FCC still wants to cut rates, why don’t we start paying mins per rates to keep vrs running? Just like hearing people keep phone company running when they pay rates out of their pockets.
    Maybe it’s time to stop depending on hearing world for free money!!! Ha!

  • Carol
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    I use my VRS all the time, it is the only way that I have to communicate with my friends, family We need to tell the FCC that the VRS needs to continue, that most deaf people can not afford to pay for this service. Also the need for interpreters is essential because it is the way that hearing people can talk with relatives or family members that are deaf. It is also needed for operating of our everyday lives with the world outside. Please keep Sorenson VRS up,running so that our lives can continue to be somewhat normal.I am supporting vrs of Sorenson company still running. not lose the vrs. I want to keep vrs in the future

  • Elizabeth fennimore
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    I am supporting of Vrs Sorenson. I want to keep the Soreson company in the future. I always call use Relay services for my doctors, my work, my family too. I hope so that Pls keep sorenson vrs running .

  • RITA CRAFT
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    l have new vp last years and i really love it and more fun with deaf people and relay services. i wanto keep vp because it is very important. please please please keep vp and sorenson company inthe future. please don’t close it and i want keep vp please.

  • Kathy Powers
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    I grew up as a hearing person in a deaf home. My parents were both deaf and used ASL. My sister has 3 children all of whom are losing their hearing and have had special schooling. My Mom is going to be 75 this year and I have a moderate hearing loss now that I am older. I cannot imagine what life would be like if I did not have my VP with Sorenson. I can communicate with my Mother and my sister and her children with VP and sign it is not just a nice tool it is a way of communicating with my family. I dont want to lose my VP I love my Sorenson and my family and I use it extensively to communicate. Though we live in different states we can still communicate and we can see each other even when distance does not allow travel. Please keep VRS, Sorenson alive we need it to communicate!

  • Sandi
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    I LOVE Sorenson or any other VPs. I used to have a big green monster. HA! Good old days. And then TTY came. It was okay. Too slow for me. Not many people were able to type fast. And now with VP I feel safe and happy. Please keep VRS, Sorenson.

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