Sprint (NYSE: FON), the leader in providing Telecommunications Relay Services, was awarded the Federal Information Relay Service, or FIRS
, contract by GSA in February and since April has provided relay service for the federal government.
The FIRS also encourages direct telecommunications by maintaining an on-line bulletin board and by publishing an annual directory of federal TDD telephone numbers.
The FIRS will provide speech and hearing-impaired individuals who use TDD's telecommunications capabilities that are equivalent to those provided to other users.
The FIRS contract will ensure that the Federal Telecommunications System is fully accessible nationwide to speech and hearing-impaired federal employees and members of the general public who need information from federal agencies.