Nevada deploys 711 for hearing-impaired phone relay
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 25, 2000
Nevada's 13 local telephone companies and more than 600 other telecommunication
providers have agreed to offer 711 dialing for the state's disabled phone
The state's Telecommunication Council worked with the companies to have
them set aside 711 for the relay system. The dialing simplifies the relay
system, allowing the same number to be dialed throughout the state.
Through Relay Nevada, operators have 24-hour-a-day access to phone lines
not equipped with TTY services. Hearing-impaired or speech-disabled individuals
use TTY to call the toll-free relay system, and the operator calls the other
phone line, speaking to one person while typing to the other.
Nevada is the fourth state to offer the service — behind Hawaii, Maryland
and Massachusetts. However, no other state had to work with multiple vendors
to set up the special dialing.
The Federal Communications Commission has not mandated 711 dialing,
although it is considering it.