FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 19, Pages 14991 to 15893, October 24 - November 10, 2011 Page: 14,996
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under the existing rules, do these service providers need more than three months additional time?;
9. Finally, the Commission's rules provide that whenever a manufacturer or service
provider discloses the hearing aid compatibility rating of a handset that has not been tested for hearing aid
compatibility over a newly covered air interface, the disclosure shall include the language stated in
Section 20.19(f)(2). " Handsets that have been tested and received certification as hearing aid-compatible
shall be labeled as such. Handsets launched within 12 months of Federal Register publication of rules
adopting the 2011 ANSI Standard that meet hearing aid compatibility criteria under previously covered
air interfaces, but that have been tested and found not to meet such criteria under one or more newly
covered air interfaces, shall include adequate disclosure of this fact under rules to be promulgated by
WTB and OET.33 In the absence of any suggestions as to specific language to be used for handsets that
have been tested under newly covered air interfaces and found not to meet hearing aid compatibility
criteria, we propose not to prescribe disclosure language in this situation but to rely on a general
disclosure requirement backed by case-by-case resolution in the event of disputes. We understand that
most handsets are expected to have little difficulty meeting the hearing aid compatibility rating criteria
over Wi-Fi and other currently existing or imminently expected air interfaces that are outside the 2007
ANSI Standard. We seek comment on this proposal and invite alternative proposals, including any
proposed disclosure language.
IV. PROCEDURAL MATTERS
A. Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
10. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, see 5 U.S.C. 603, the Commission has
prepared an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) of the possible significant economic impact on
small entities of the policies and rules addressed in this Notice. The IRFA is set forth in Appendix B.
Written public comments are requested on the IRFA. These comments must be filed in accordance with
the same filing deadlines as comments filed in response to this Notice and must have a separate and
distinct heading designating them as responses to the IRFA. The Commission's Consumer and
Governmental Affairs Bureau, Reference Information Center, will send a copy of this Notice, including
the IRFA, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.
B. Initial Paperwork Reduction Act Analysis
11. This document does not contain proposed information collection(s) subject to the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104-13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain
any new or modified information collection burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25
employees, pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44
' See Rural Cellular Association Comments on 20/)0 Review P1W at 2-4 (February 14, 201 1) (urging the
Commission to provide significantly more time for non-Tier I carriers due to exclusive handset arrangements and
delay in acquiring hearing aid-compatible handsets after they become commercially available to larger carriers);
Pulse Mobile, LLC Comments on 2010 Reviewr PN at 2-3 (February 14, 20)11) (recommending that small providers
be given at least niine additional months to comply).
S47 C F.R. 20.19(f)(2). For purposes of this discussion, handsets "tested" include those deemed to meet an M4
rating without testing under the 201 I ANSI Standard.
See 2010 Second Report and Or/cer, 25 FCC Red at I 180 '1 33.
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