Purple’s Shutting Down IP Text Relay

Purple LogoAs 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.

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