Sorenson Communications Supports Term Extension of FCC Chairman Martin

[April 25, 2006] 

Sorenson Communications Supports Term Extension of FCC Chairman Martin

SALT LAKE CITY –(Business Wire)– April 25, 2006 — Sorenson Communications, the nation's leading provider of video relay services (VRS) and equipment for the deaf community, applauds President Bush's intent to nominate Kevin Martin as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for an additional five-year term, which would continue on until June 30, 2011.

Ron Burdett, vice president of community relations for Sorenson Communications, commented on the upcoming nomination:

"Re-nominating Kevin Martin for an additional term as chairman of the FCC is a highly commendable action by President Bush. As chairman of the FCC, Kevin Martin has drastically and positively altered the landscape of relay communications for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Further, he has also been a strong advocate for guaranteeing public safety, particularly in ensuring the availability of E911 Emergency Services for all Americans. We have welcomed his influence in our industry and look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Martin on the critical issues facing the deaf and hard-of-hearing as we move forward."

Sorenson Communications continues to support the FCC and Chairman Martin on efforts to break down communication barriers. Chairman Martin's willingness to meet with deaf community leaders on key issues and support of industry issues has ushered in a new era of communications for the 28 million deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in America.

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GoAmerica and Nordia Announce Exclusive Agreement for Multi-Vendor California Relay Services

Press Release Source: GoAmerica, Inc.

GoAmerica(R) and Nordia Announce Exclusive Agreement for Multi-Vendor California Relay Services

Tuesday April 25, 2006 Becomes Exclusive IP-based Relay Solution for Nordia's California Relay Contract
HACKENSACK, N.J., April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — GoAmerica, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOAM – News), a leading provider of accessible communications services for the Deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-disabled communities, announced today that its service has been chosen as the exclusive IP-based relay service for Nordia's California Relay Services (CRS) contract. offers text-based TRS (telecommunications relay service) calling via the Internet, often called "IP relay". Deaf callers use a Web-enabled computer or wireless handheld device to place calls, which are connected to a relay operator. The relay operator calls the voice number and then verbally speaks the text message typed by the Deaf caller to the hearing recipient and types the hearing party's responses back to the Deaf party.

Nordia, one of three state contract holders that provide relay services to the state of California, previously offered its own IP relay service under the brand. Nordia chose to replace its own service with due to i711's breadth of service features, strong wireless relay offerings, and the ability of users to access through AOL Instant Messenger. Effective today, relay calls previously placed through Nordia's relay website,, now are processed through GoAmerica's website.

" has consistently delivered feature enhancements and access methods that we believe are important to our customers in California," said Bernard Durocher, Executive Vice President of Nordia, Inc. "Directing all of our IP relay traffic to expands our current partnership with GoAmerica and strengthens Nordia's position in the state because we are providing an even better IP relay experience for the consumer."

"We are thrilled that our service meets Nordia's and the State of California's stringent relay standards," said Dan Luis, CEO of GoAmerica. "We're looking forward to working with Nordia and the many Deaf organizations throughout California to educate consumers about our unique calling features and the mobile and online methods of accessing"

Nordia will continue supplying TTY/TDD dial-up relay services to Deaf consumers throughout California as part of its existing California Relay Service contract with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) which is funded by a small surcharge on California telephone bills.

Smart Dialing, Custom Calling, and More

California IP relay users will benefit immediately from i711's exclusive smart dialing, custom calling, and bonus features, making the IP relay experience better and reflective of each user's call preferences.

Smart dialing features include the i711 Phone Book, i711 Speed Dial and a Recent Calls list which together enable users to make most relay calls in just one click.

Custom calling features include the ability to assign specific call characteristics to people in the i711 Phone Book, so calls to those people happen the same way every time they're dialed. Users can also change font size and color for the conversation window, so calls transpire exactly as the customer wants. also includes "bonus features" such as the Toolbar with ClickRelay(TM) which enables users to make relay calls from any Web page in just one click.

i711 Wireless(TM) and Access through AIM

Announced in February, i711 Wireless is the wireless counterpart to and runs as a standalone application on T-Mobile Sidekicks. GoAmerica expects to launch the service on RIM BlackBerry handhelds later this quarter. Downloaded directly onto the devices it runs on, i711 Wireless delivers fast relay calls with a familiar user interface.

Users can also access GoAmerica's text relay services through AOL Instant Messenger, whether from a PC or mobile device, by sending an instant message to "i711relay" or adding that name to the user's Buddy List.

Relay and Beyond(SM)

In addition to the service's core relay features, offers users a number of free services that users can also customize to their personal tastes. These include:
     Weekly Articles. users receive exclusive, weekly columns by
     noted Deaf authors. Topics include Deaf culture, technology, employment,
     sports and entertainment, and news on the international Deaf community.

     News Headlines. Users can choose to display headlines from popular
     community news sources such as the Deaf Professionals Network,, USA-L News,, and others, as well as
     headlines from traditional news sources.

     InSight Open Captioned Movie Information. automatically provides
     users with a list of nearby open captioned films, courtesy of InSight


California relay users can make relay calls now by visiting directly, or through a link found on Nordia's website.

i711 Wireless downloads and installs automatically in minutes and is available now for T-Mobile Sidekick users. Visit for the five easy download steps, or for information on other i711 Wireless options. BlackBerry users who send an email message to will automatically be notified by email when the service is launched on that platform.

All i711 relay calls are free. Registration, required to access some of the service's custom features and content, is also free by visiting

For a live demonstration of and i711 Wireless relay, visit the booth at Deaf Nation Expo at Pomona on April 29th.

About CRS

The Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), providing Californians who are deaf and disabled with equipment and relay services through the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) and California Relay Service (CRS), respectively. CRS provides specially-trained Relay Operators and Communications Assistants to relay telephone conversations back and forth between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-disabled and all those they wish to communicate with by telephone.

About Nordia

Nordia is a leading contact centre company and world-class provider of multi-contact customer relationship management solutions; a fast-growing company offering multilingual contact center services 24/7 under rigorous quality standards. Nordia has seven contact centers across Canada with a team of more than 2,200 employees handling more than 100 million customer contacts per year.

Nordia agents handle calls, e-mails and chats, and are trained to master specialist programs such as Directory Assistance and Teleconference services, as well as Relay Services provided to deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech- disabled communities. To learn more about Nordia, visit

About GoAmerica

GoAmerica provides a wide range of wireless, relay and prepaid communications services, customized for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-disabled. The Company's vision is to improve the quality of life of its customers by being their premier provider of innovative communication services. For more information on the Company or its services, visit or contact GoAmerica directly at TTY 201-527-1520, voice 201-996-1717 or via Internet relay by visiting

GoAmerica And Nordia Agrees For Multi-Vendor California Relay Services

GoAmerica And Nordia Agrees For Multi-Vendor California Relay Services

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

(RTTNews) – On Tuesday, GoAmerica,Inc. a leading provider of accessible communications services for the Deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-disabled communities, announced today that its service has been chosen as the exclusive IP-based relay service for Nordia's California Relay Services contract.

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GoAmerica to provide TRS in California

Associated Press/HACKENSACK, N.J.

GoAmerica to provide TRS in California

APRIL 25 11:18 A.M. ET GoAmerica Inc., a communications service provider for the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech disabled, said on Tuesday its telecommunications relay service (TRS) will be used in California under a state contract held by Nordia and two other companies.

Nordia, which also provides services for people with hearing and speech problems, used its own TRS service called, but will now switch to GoAmerica's TRS service.

TRS allows the deaf to use a web-enabled handheld device or computer to place calls connected to a relay operator. The relay operator calls the requested number, reads the deaf caller's text message to the recipient, and then types the other party's response back to the deaf caller.

LiNKS Interpreting Services Attends DeafNation Expo in Pomona

April 24, 2006

LiNKS Interpreting Services Attends DeafNation Expo in Pomona

LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 24, 2006–The DeafNation touring Expo Consumer show for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community will be in Pomona on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the Fairplex, Building 8. LiNKS Interpreting Services will be among the hundreds of companies and organizations who serve the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population turning out for the show's sixth stop in its national tour.

"This event gives LiNKS Interpreting and other organizations the chance to meet with members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community from our local area and throughout the state," said Chuck Scarpaci, Director of LiNKS.

The show hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Exhibitors at the expo offer a range of products and services: video phone and communication products, educational materials, books, videotapes, on-line services, and others. Workshops and seminars will be held throughout the day. Go to for free admission tickets.

"One of the significant issues we face is a shortage of trained and professional Sign Language Interpreters," said Scarpaci. "There are more than 875,000 estimated people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. There aren't enough trained professionals to help them gain equal access to services or to carryout everyday needs," said Scarpaci.

"This is also an opportunity for individuals who are seeking a new career or planning to enroll in an Interpreting Training Program. This is a great place for them to learn more about becoming a professional interpreter and the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture," said Scarpaci.

LiNKS Interpreting, a division of Goodwill Industries of Long Beach & South Bay, provides short and long-term ASL and Trilingual (Spanish) Interpreting services to businesses, government agencies, organizations and private individuals for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients.