As some of you may recall, Sorenson decided to get out of the IP Text Relay business. Purple has formally notified FCC that they’re also getting out of the business — while it’s due to low reimbursement rates, it’s also due to additional reasons. I’ve included a copy of their notice to FCC as submitted by Purple’s lawyers. This file was obtained directly from FCC: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=60000973639
The key part where they state they’re stopping their IP text relay services is here:
“Based on this most recent action by the Commission, the findings and requests in the October 2, 2014 letter, and a series of related events and Commission decisions, we write to inform the Commission that Purple will no longer provide IP Relay TRS services as of 5:00 PM (EST) on November 14, 2014, and will immediately cease enrolling new IP Relay customers.”
So there you have it, the service is being killed off within two weeks. If I recall correctly, this leaves Sprint with a virtual monopoly of the IP Relay TRS market. Mixed blessings for Sprint indeed. Without further ado, here’s the full document from Purple Communications as sent to FCC.