FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 19, Pages 14991 to 15893, October 24 - November 10, 2011 Page: 15,002
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Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
I. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended (RFA),' the Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) have prepared
this present Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) of the possible significant economic impact on
a substantial number of small entities of the policies and rules proposed in this Second Further Notice of
Proposed Rule Making (Second Further Notice). Written public comments are requested on this IRFA.
Comments must be identified as responses to the IRFA and must be filed by the deadlines for comments
on the Second Further Notice provided in Section IV.C.2 of the item. The Commission will send a copy
of the Second Further Notice, including this IRFA, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small
Business Administration (SBA).2 In addition, the Second Further Notice and IRFA (or summaries
thereof) will be published in the Federal Register.'
2. Although Section 213 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2000 provides that the
RFA shall not apply to the rules and competitive bidding procedures for frequencies in the 746-806 MHz
Band,4 we believe that it would serve the public interest to analyze the possible significant economic
impact of the proposed policy and rule changes in this band on small entities. Accordingly, this IRFA
contains an analysis of this impact in connection with all spectrum that falls within the scope of this
Second Further Notice, including spectrum in the 746-806 MHz Band.
A. Need for, and Objectives of, the Proposed Rules
3. The Second Further Notice proposes to amend Section 20.19 of the Commission's rules'
by adopting the new ANSI C63.19-2011 standard (the "2011 ANSI Standard")' as an applicable hearing
aid compatibility technical standard. The standard specifies testing procedures to establish the M-rating
(acoustic coupling) and T-rating (inductive coupling) to gauge the hearing aid compatibility of handsets.
Specifically, the Second Further Notice seeks comment on tentative conclusions that adopting the new
2011 ANSI Standard would raise no major compliance issues and would not impose materially greater
obligations with respect to proposed newly covered frequency bands and air interfaces' than those already
imposed under the Commission's rules. By bringing additional frequency bands and air interfaces under
See 5 U.S.C. 603. The RFA, .see 5 U.S.C. 601 - 612, has been amended by the Small Business Regulatory
Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), Pub. L. No. 104-121, Title 11, 110 Stat. 857 (1996).
2 See 5 U.S.C. 603(a).
See 5 U.S.C. . 603(a).
In particular, this exemption extends to the requirements imposed by Chapter 6 of Title 5, United States Code,
Section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632) and Section 3507 and 3512 of Title 44, United States Code
Consolidated Appropriations Act 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-113, 113 Stat. 2502, App. E, Sec. 213(a)(4)(A)-(B); see 145
Cong. Rec. 1112493-94 (Nov. 17, 1999); 47 U.S.C.A. 337 note at Sec. 213(a)(4)(A)-(B3).
47 C('.F.R. 20.19.
' Accredited Standards Committee C63 Electromagnetic Compatibility, .4nmecLLan National Standard Alethods of
teascr.srement of Comnpathilt between Wreles's Conmmunications Device% nd Hearing ,-Aid, ANSI C63.19-201 I
(May 27, 201 1) (201 1 ANSI Standard").
7 The term air interface refers to the technology system that ensures compatibility between mobile radio scr ice
equipment, such as handsets, and a service provider's base stations. Currently, the leading air interfaces Include
Code Division Multiple Access (CD)MA), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), Integrated Digital
Enhanced Network (iDEN), and Widcband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA). W-CDMA is also known
as Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS).
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