Today the FCC responded to a petition from AT&T requesting a wavier for TTY (teletypewriter) while on WiFi calling, giving AT&T time so it can finish the build out of a full RTT (real-time text) network. Earlier this week AT&T blamed the FCC’s lack of response for a waver on the delay of rolling out the iOS 9 feature, even pointing the finger at carriers who had released it (T-Mobile and Sprint) without a FCC waver.
We’re grateful the FCC has granted AT&T’s waiver request so we can begin providing Wi-Fi calling. At the same time we are left scratching our heads as to why the FCC still seems intent on excusing the behavior of T-Mobile and Sprint, who have been offering these services without a waiver for quite some time. Instead of initiating enforcement action against them, or at least opening an investigation, the agency has effectively invited them to now apply for similar waivers and implied that their prior flaunting of FCC rules will be ignored. This is exactly what we meant when our letter spoke of concerns about asymmetric regulation.” – AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs Jim Ciccone
While AT&T has not announced a release date, during the iOS 9 beta some users where able to activate the feature, showing that it maybe as simple as a switch now for AT&T.