31.46.02.005 - DEFINITIONS

31.46.02.005. DEFINITIONS

The definitions in Section 61-1302 apply to these rules. In addition, the following terms have the meanings set forth below: (3-20-20)

01. American Sign Language (ASL). "American sign language" means a visual language based on hand shape, position, movement, and orientation of the hands in relation to each other and the body. See 47 C.F.R. 64.601(1). (7-1-93)

02. ASCII. "ASCII" is an acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interexchange, which employs an eight-bit code and can operate at any standard transmission baud rate including 300, 1200, 2400, and higher. (3-20-20)

03. Baudot. "Baudot" means a seven (7) bit code, only five (5) of which are information bits. Baudot was used by some text telephones to communicate with each other at a forty-five point five (45.5) baud rate. (3-20-20)

04. Communications Assistant (CA). "Communications assistant (CA)" means a person who transliterates conversation from text to voice and from voice to text between two (2) end users of TRS. CAs are also known by terms such as "TRS operator" or "TDD operator." (3-20-20)

05. Hearing Carry Over (HCO). "Hearing carry over (HCO)" means a reduced form of TRS where the person with a speech disability is able to listen to the other end user and, in reply, the CA speaks the text as typed by the person with the speech disability. The CA does not type any conversation. (3-20-20)

06. Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). "Telecommunications relay services (TRS)" is defined in Section 61-13028, Idaho Code, and includes services that enable two-way communication between an individual who uses a text telephone or other non-voice terminal device and an individual who does not use such a device. TRS supersedes the terms "dual party relay system, " "message relay services, " and "TDD relay." See Section 61-1302(8), Idaho Code, and 47 C.F.R. 64.601(7). (3-20-20)

07. Text Telephone (TT). "Text telephone (TT)" means a machine that employs graphic communication in the transmission of coded signals through a wire or radio communications system. TT supersedes the term "TDD" or "telecommunications device for the deaf." (3-20-20)

08. Universal Service Fund (USF). "Universal service fund (USF)" means the fund established by the Commission pursuant to Section 62-610, Idaho Code, and this Commission's rules codified at IDAPA 31.46.01.000, et seq. The USF has an Administrator whose duties are set forth by this Commission's rules and this Commission's contract with the Administrator. See IDAPA 31.46.01.102. (7-1-93)

09. Voice Carry Over (VCO). "Voice carry over (VCO)" means a reduced form of TRS where the person with the hearing disability is able to speak directly to the other end-user. The CA types responses back to the person with the hearing disability. The CA does not speak on behalf of the TT users. (3-20-20)

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