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December 19, 2009

By Bug

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a workshop last Thursday at the FCC’s Washington, DC, headquarters in the Commission Meeting Room. Many people including Greg Hlibok of Disability Rights Office, CGB, Sheri Farinha of California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Sharon Hayes of Video Relay Services Consumer Association, VRS Providers, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Visitors, etc. attended. FCC provided open captioning and sign language interpreters at the event. The recorded video from FCC can be viewed at  http://www.fcc.gov/live/2009_12_17-workshop.html and please note there is no closed caption from 0:00 to 4:25. This workshop was open to the public and was intended to gather data and information on these agenda and topics for discussion:

                         * FCC Welcome and Introductory Remarks

                         * Panelists’ Introductory Statements

                         *Fraud and Abuse

                         *The Most Efficient Way to Deliver VRS While Maintaining

                                  Functional Equivalency

                          *A Fair and Transparent Compensation Methodology

Also, Ed Bosson, retired Relay Texas Administrator attended and shared about the FCC’s workshop on his blog at http://www.edsalert.com/2009/12/17/fcc-vrs-reform-workshop/ It’s interesting to read.

Many of you may know that well known Deaf Owner John Yeh of Viable Communications Inc. was arrested by FBI a few weeks ago because he made the fraud against FCC’s VRS program. Also, the indictments charge owners and employees of the following seven companies with engaging in a scheme to defraud the FCC’s VRS program

  • Viable Communications Inc., of Rockville, Md.;
  • Master Communications LLC, of Las Vegas;
  • KL Communications LLC, of Phoenix;
  • Mascom LLC of Austin, Texas;
  • Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Interpreting Services Inc. (DHIS), of New York and New Jersey;
  • Innovative Communication Services for the Deaf Corp. (ICSD), of Miami Lakes, Fla.; and
  • Deaf Studio 29 of Huntington Beach, Calif.

On Monday, December 15th, John T.C. Yeh, president of Rockville deaf-services company Viable, along with three other company executives, pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiracy to defraud the government. A jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 22, with pretrial motions due Jan. 11, according to court documents. A motion hearing is slated for Feb. 8. To read the article, click: https://fookembug.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/deaf-services-companys-president-others-plead-not-guilty-to-charges/

  1. Sheri A. Farinha
    December 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    HI thanks for posting this for Consumers to see, appreciate your support. Just want to note a correction as my name is mentioned twice in your note above. My representation was on behalf of the California Coalition of Agencies Servicng the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, that’s correct, but it was Sharon Hayes is whom represented Sorenson’s VRSCA.
    Thanks again,

  2. December 19, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Ah! Thank you for letting me know. I am going to fix it. I apology. 🙂 – Bug

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