PUBLIC LAW 100-542—OCT. 28, 1988
102 STAT. 2721
Public Law 100-542 100th Congress An Act To expand our national telecommunications system for the benefit of the hearingimpaired and speech-impaired populations, and for other purposes.
Oct. 28, 1988 [H.R. 4992]
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Telecommunications United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the "Telecommunications Accessibility Enhancement Act of 1988". SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
Accessibility Enhancement Act of 1988. 40 USC 762 note. 40 USC 762.
As used in this Act— (1) The term "TDD" means a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, a machine which employs graphic communications in the transmission of coded signals through the nationwide telecommunications system. (2) The term "Federal agency" has the meaning given such term by section 3(b) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 472(b)). SEC. 3. FEDERAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS. (a)
40 USC 762a.
Administrator of General Services, after consultation with the Architectural and Transportation Barriers C!ompliance Board, the Interagency Committee on Computer Support of Handicapped Employees, the Federal Communications Commission, and affected Federal agencies, shall, by regulation, take such actions in accordance with this section as may be necessary to assure that the Federal telecommunications system is fully accessible to hearingimpaired and speech-impaired individuals, including Federal employees, for communications with and within Federal agencies. (b) SPECIPIC REQUIREMENT.—In carrying out subsection (a), the Administrator shall— (1) provide for the continuation of the existing Federal relay system for users of TDD's; (2) within 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, expand such relay system by employing at least one additional operator; (3) within 180 days after such date of enactment— (A) conduct, as part of the rulemaking proceeding required by subsection (a), an analysis of modifications to the Federal telecommunications system that the Administrator, in his discretion, determines to be necessary to achieve the objectives of subsection (a); and (B) submit a report on the results of such analysis to each Reports. House of the Congress; (4) within 180 days after completion of such analysis, pre- Regulations. scribe the regulations required by subsection (a);