Gov. Kenny Guinn has kicked off the new "711" phone service for the hearing impaired in Nevada.
Nevada is the fourth state to use the technology, which allows the hearing impaired to communicate with people over regular phones by using a relay operator. The operator translates written material to speech for the non-hearing impaired party to the conversation and back into written text for the party who can't hear.
The Relay Nevada program is being coordinated by the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
"I'm especially proud of the fact that Nevada, with 13 local phone companies and hundreds of alternative telecommunications providers, is the first multi-vendor state to offer this service," said Guinn.