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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 15-1142



Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Petition for a Proposed Pilot for Distribution of Telecommunications Relay Service Wireless Equipment to People with Disabilities in this Commonwealth; Doc. No. P-2015-2484229

[45 Pa.B. 2964]
[Saturday, June 13, 2015]

 On May 21, 2015, at Doc. No. P-2015-2484229, the Department of Labor and Industry's (Department) Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) filed a Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Petition and related information with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission) seeking Commission approval to conduct a 2-year pilot project supported by the TRS Fund (TRS Pilot).

 The TRS Pilot is a 2-year pilot project that is designed to test the availability and use of wireless devices by a limited number of eligible residents in this Commonwealth with disabilities. The related wireless devices will be supported from and distributed through the existing Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP).1 The proposed TRS Pilot will be implemented through the Institute of Disabilities at Temple University in its current capacity as Administrator of the TDDP on behalf of the Department's OVR.

 The pilot project will provide for the recruitment and selection of 60 eligible participants over a 2-year period, the distribution of selected wireless devices equipped with appropriate applications and software, and monitoring, measurement and evaluation of the use of these wireless devices. The pilot project will include appropriate outreach, training, survey and personal interview evaluation activities as well as the remote system software updating for the distributed wireless devices by an equipment administrator. The Wireless Expansion Initiative proposal and Petition seeks appropriate funding from the TRS Fund for the relevant costs of the pilot project including the costs of the wireless device equipment distribution and the costs for managing the overall project through its 2-year duration.

 Interested persons may file comments on the proposed OVR pilot within 10 calendar days of the publication of this notice. Comments must reference Doc. No. P-2015-2484229 and may be filed either electronically through the Commission's e-File System2 or by mail addressed to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Attention: Secretary, P. O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265. Handwritten comments will be accepted by mail. The filing of comments by routine e-mail is not permitted.

 When possible, an electronic copy of any filing should also be sent to the Eric Jeschke at and Louise Fink Smith at The contact person for this Petition is Kathryn G. Sophy, Deputy Chief Counsel, Law Bureau, (717) 783-2810.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 15-1142. Filed for public inspection July 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m.]


1  See generally section 3 of the Universal Telecommunications and Print Media Access Act (35 P. S. § 6701.3).

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