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Definition of Terms and Acronyms

Chapter 427 of the Florida Statutes concerning the TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACCESS SYSTEM.
  • 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.

  • FCC - Federal Communications 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.

  • PROVIDER - 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.