FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 19, Pages 14991 to 15893, October 24 - November 10, 2011 Page: 14,994
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5. This Second Further Notice is limited in scope and does not address all pending issues
regarding hearing aid compatibility. Specifically, on August 5, 2010, the Commission released the 2010
Further Notice, which sought comment on extending the scope of the hearing aid compatibility rules
beyond the current category of CMRS, extending the in-store testing requirement beyond retail stores
owned or operated by service providers, and permitting a user-controlled reduction of power as a means
to meet the hearing aid compatibility standard for all operations over the GSM air interface in the 1900
MHz band. 2 In addition, on December 28, 2010, WTB released a Public Notice (2010 Review PN)
seeking comment on the operation and effectiveness of the Commission's hearing aid compatibility
rules. ' The issues raised in these notices will be addressed separately from this Second Further Notice.2
6. We propose to adopt the 2011 ANSI Standard into the Commission's rules as an
applicable technical standard for evaluating the hearing aid compatibility of wireless phones. We believe
doing so would serve the public interest by aligning the Commission's rules with advances in technology
and by bringing additional frequency bands and air interfaces under the hearing aid compatibility regime.
We further tentatively conclude that adoption of this new technical standard would 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 Commission rules. We seek comment on these
tentative conclusions and whether adoption of the 2011 ANSI Standard would impose new or additional
costs on handset manufacturers.
7. Under the rules that we propose, a manufacturer would be permitted to submit handsets
for certification using either the 2007 or 2011 version of the ANSI Standard. Consistent with the
Commission's direction and the Multi-Band Principles agreed to by representatives of industry and
consumer groups, a multi-band and/or multi-mode handset model would be considered hearing aid-
compatible for operations covered under the 2007 ANSI Standard if it obtains certification as meeting at
least an M3 or T3 rating for those operations and is launched within 12 months of Federal Register
publication of rules adopting the 2011 ANSI Standard. This will apply even if the handset model has not
'9 47 C.F.R. 20.19(k)(I). On October 8, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Twenty-first Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) to ensure that individuals with disabilities have
access to emerging Internct Protocol-based communications and video programming technologies in the 21 '
Century. Among other provisions, the CVAA amended Section 710(c) of the Communications Act to provide for
the applicability of "relevant technical standards developed through a public participation process and in
consultation with interested consumer stakeholders (designated by the Commission for the purposes of this section).
.. until such time as the Commission may determine otherwise. The Commission shall consult with the public,
including people with heanng loss, in establishing or approving such technical standards." 47 U.S.C. 610(c). The
Commission has not yet issued any interpretations or new rules pursuant to the new provision. Accordingly. we
consider the 201 1 revision to the ANSI Standard under our existing rules
2) See Amendment of the Commission's Rules Governing Hearing Aid-Compatible Mobile Handsets, WT Docket
No. 07-250, Polici Statement and Second Report and Order and Further Not'e of Proposed Rulenlmaking, 25 FCC
Red 1 1 167, 11192 1 73 (2010) (2010 Scond Report alnd Order and 2010 Further Notu e)..
1 See Comment Sought on 2010 Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations, WT Docket No. 10-254. Public
Notice, 25 FCC Red 17566 (WTB 2010) (2010 Review PN).
-- We note that in comments on the 2010 Further Notice, at least one commenter argued that the Commission
should reconsider the power-down exception tfor phones operating over the GSM air interface in the 1900 MHz band
after it adopts a revised version of the ANSI Standard. See Hearing Loss Association of America, et al Comments
on 20/0 Further Notice at 7-8 (October 25, 2010). We anticipate the Commission will address this issue when it
takes action on the 2010) Further .otijce.
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