Relay Service Information by State

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Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) is a free public service that provides a communication link between standard telephone (voice) users and persons who are vision-, hearing- or speech-impaired. Shentel strives to meet the needs of all of its customers and works with Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania TRS organizations to provide Relay service to customers subscribing to both traditional wireline telephone service and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service.

By dialing 7-1-1, customers are connected to their state TRS administrator and a Communications Assistant who will provide assistance in making a TRS call. Types of TRS calls supported by state organizations include Computer (ASCII), Hearing-Carry-Over (HCO), Spanish Relay, Speech-to-Speech (STS), Text Telephone (TTY), TTY User and Emergency Assistance (“9-1-1”), Voice-Carry-Over (VCO), Voice/Standard Telephone, and Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel). Internet Relay and Video Relay Service (VRS) communications may also be supported; please contact your state’s TRS administrator for more information.

Always available

Relay services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no limit on the number or length of calls a user may make. Anyone may initiate a Relay call at any time by dialing 7-1-1.

Accurate & Transparent

By law, Communications Assistants communicate the typed or spoken words exactly as given.  Communications Assistants type everything they hear, including background noises and voice intonations.

Private & Confidential

By law, Communications Assistants maintain absolute confidentiality about call conversations.

Free Services

Relay Calls are a free public service.

Hearing Aid Compatibility

Shentel is an affiliate of Sprint Nextel. Sprint offers a variety of mobile devices that comply with FCC requirements for hearing aid compatibility. For a complete list of options, please visit http://www.sprint.com/landings/accessibility/hearing_aid.html.

For more information, contact your state’s TRS administrator:

Maryland

Website: www.doit.maryland.gov/mdrelay
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-735-2258
Voice: 7-1-1 or 1-800-201-7165

Pennsylvania

Website: www.hamiltonrelay.com/state_711_relay/state.html
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-654-5984
Voice: 7-1-1 or  1-800-654-5988

Virginia

Website: www.varelay.org
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-828-1120
Voice: 7-1-1 or 1-800-828-1140

West Virginia

Website: www.westvirginiarelay.com
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-982-8771
Voice: 7-1-1 or 1-800-982-8772