Giving the Deaf a Welcome Sign
Anerica's hearing impaired need interpreters for routine tasks, such as going to the doctor or just having a conversation with a friend. Today this process often means scheduling an appointment with the interpreting agency, coordinating with the doctor's schedule, waiting for the interpreter, and then even cutting a conversation short if the interpreter must leave.
However, high speed broadband enables video conferencing -- which means that the interpreter can work with the hearing impaired without having to travel to different locations. Clients can utilize this system when and how they need, without being tied to the schedule of the interpreter -- while interpreters can serve more clients by not losing travel time between cites.
CWA urges the FTC and the DOJ to take into account in merger review guidelines the role of collective bargaining in counterbalancing employer market power