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burdens on manufacturers and service providers, including small wireless carriers and other small entities,
and will benefit consumers with hearing loss by facilitating their access to the newest wireless
communications services through a wider selection of hearing aid-compatible handsets.
A. Adoption of the 2011 ANSI Standard
10. We hereby adopt the 2011 ANSI Standard, as proposed, as an applicable technical
standard for evaluating the hearing aid compatibility of wireless phones. The commenters unanimously
support this proposal.2" Codification of the 2011 ANSI Standard serves the public interest by applying
the Commission's hearing aid compatibility rules to operations over additional frequency bands and air
interface technologies. The new testing methodologies in the 2011 ANSI Standard will also greatly
improve the measurement of potential hearing aid interference. We find that adopting this new technical
standard will not raise any major compliance issues or impose materially greater obligations with respect
to newly covered frequency bands and air interfaces than those already imposed under the Commission's
rules. We also find no evidence that adopting the 2011 ANSI Standard will impose significant costs on
manufacturers or service providers.22
11. As set forth in the proposed rules in the Second Further Notice, the new rules will permit
new handset models to be tested for certification using either the 2007 or 2011 ANSI Standard.23 All
existing grants of certification issued under the 2007 ANSI Standard, as well as any pre-2010 grants
under earlier versions of ANSI C63. 19,24 remain valid, and no existing handset models will need to be
retested or recertified as hearing aid-compatible.25 Consistent with existing rules that do not permit a
handset model to be certified partly under one version of the ANSI Standard and partly under another,26
manufacturers must test each new handset model either exclusively under the 2007 ANSI Standard or
exclusively under the 2011 ANSI Standard both during and after the 12-month transition period discussed
21 See AT&T Reply Comments at 1-2; Consumer Groups Comments at I; CTIA Comments at 2, 4; HIA Comments
at 1-2; RCA Reply Comments at 1-2; Samsung Comments at 2; Sprint Comments at 1; TIA Comments at 2-3.
22 CTIA states that adoption of the new standard is unlikely to raise any new or additional major compliance issues
or impose materially greater obligations with respect to handsets operating in newly covered frequency bands and
air interfaces, and CTIA goes on to state that if compliance costs increase significantly in the future, then the
Commission should expeditiously revise its rules to address these cost increases. CTIA Comments at 8. We will
evaluate any such future costs and address them as necessary in the Commission's ongoing hearing aid compatibility
proceedings. See generally Second Further Notice, 26 FCC Red at 14994 5.
23 Second Further Notice. 26 FCC Rcd at 14999 App. A (setting forth proposed rule Sections 20.19(b)(1) and (2)).
24 47 C.F.R. 20.19(b)(1)(ii), (b)(2)(ii) (stating that grants of certification issued before January 1, 2010, under
earlier versions of ANSI C63.19 remain valid).
25 Several commenters requested that we clarify that handsets already certified under the 2007 ANSI Standard will
continue to be treated as hearing aid-compatible without any need for recertification. See AT&T Reply Comments
at 5; CTIA Comments at 6-7; RCA Reply Comments at 2; Sprint Comments at 2. This was our intent, and it is
reflected in the rules both as proposed and as adopted. See infra App. B (Final Rules Section 20.19(b)(1), (2)).
26 Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology Clarify Use of Revised
Wireless Phone Hearing Aid Compatibility Standard, Public Notice, 21 FCC Rcd 6384, 6385 (2006) ("Applicants
for certification may rely on only one version of the ANSI C63.19 standard, 2001, 2005 or 2006, and must identify
which version they are using for compatibility testing and for rating wireless phones, consistent with 47 C.F.R.
2.947(b)."); Amendment of the Commission's Rules Governing Hearing Aid-Compatible Mobile Handsets, WT
Docket No. 07-250, First Report and Order, 23 FCC Red 3406, 3439 82 (2008) ("[A] party can use either the
2006 or 2007 standard for new certifications through 2009, but must use a single version for all certification tests
and criteria for both the M and T ratings with respect to a given device.").
27 See infra paras. 14-20.
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