FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 5, Pages 3728 to 4696, April 9 - April 27, 2012 Page: 3,735
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7. On November 1, 2011, we released the Second Further Notice, which drew upon the
request of ASC C63 to adopt the 2011 ANSI Standard as an applicable technical standard for evaluating
the hearing aid compatibility of wireless handsets. In the Second Further Notice, we tentatively
concluded to adopt the 2011 ANSI Standard.'6 We proposed a 12-month transition period during which
multi-band and/or multi-mode handset models with certain operations not covered by the 2007 ANSI
Standard could continue to be tested under that standard and launched as hearing aid-compatible with
appropriate disclosure." We also sought comment on whether a transition period of two years, with an
additional three months for non-Tier I service providers, would be appropriate before applying handset
deployment benchmarks to handset operations over air interfaces and frequency bands that are newly
covered under the 2011 ANSI Standard.'8
8. Comments were due January 13, 2012, and reply comments were due January 30, 2012.
We received six comments and four reply comments. Comments came from parties representing a range
of interests, including handset manufacturers, service providers, hearing loss advocacy groups, and
hearing aid manufacturers." While commenters generally support adoption of the 2011 ANSI Standard
as proposed, they express differing views regarding transition time frames, and some commenters request
that we clarify aspects of the 2011 ANSI Standard's implementation.
9. In the discussion below, we find that the 2011 ANSI Standard offers benefits both to
manufacturers and service providers and to consumers, and we therefore add it as an applicable standard
alongside the 2007 version of the technical standard in the Commission's rules. We adopt a transition
period of 12 months during which new multi-band and multi-mode handsets that include operations not
covered by the 2007 version of the standard may be designated as hearing aid-compatible based on testing
of only those operations that are covered under the 2007 ANSI Standard. In addition to the current
disclosure rule that applies to handsets that have not been tested for hearing aid compatibility for some of
their operations,2 we adopt a general disclosure requirement to inform users about any operations in such
handsets that the manufacturer may have tested under the 2011 version and found not to meet hearing aid
compatibility criteria for those operations prior to submitting the handset for certification under the 2007
ANSI Standard. We also adopt a 24-27 month transition period for applying the Commission's existing
deployment benchmarks to manufacturers' and service providers' offerings of handsets operating over
newly covered frequency bands and air interfaces. We find that these rule changes will not impose undue
carriers are non-nationwide small CMRS providers with no more than 500,000 subscribers as of the end of 2001.
See id. at 14846-48 I 19-24.
15 47 C.F.R. 20.19(k)(1). The current hearing aid compatibility rules apply only to certain CMRS providers and to
the manufacturers of handsets used to deliver those services, and the Commission has not delegated authority to
expand the rules' applicability beyond those services. In a separate Notice, the Commission has proposed rules to
extend hearing aid compatibility requirements to all customer equipment used to provide wireless voice
communications over any type of network among members of the public or a substantial portion of the public via a
built-in speaker where the equipment is typically held to the ear. See Amendment of the Commission's Rules
Governing Hearing Aid-Compatible Mobile Handsets, WT Docket No. 07-250, Policy Statement and Second Report
and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 25 FCC Rcd 11167, 11 192-11200 74-93 (2010) (Second
R&O and Further Notice).
16 Second Further Notice, 26 FCC Red at 14994 6.
Id. at 14994-95, 14996 j 7, 9.
1 Id. at 14995-96 8.
A9 full list of commenters and the short forms by which they are referenced is in Appendix A.
20 See 47 C.F.R. 20.19(f)(2).
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