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than 100 employees.""' Thus, under this size standard, the majority of firms can be considered small.
D. Description of Projected Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Other Compliance
Requirements for Small Entities
29. The proposed rules will not impose any new reporting, recordkeeping, or information
collection requirements on small entities.
E. Steps Proposed to Minimize Significant Economic Impact on Small Entities, and
Significant Alternatives Considered
30. The RFA requires an agency to describe any significant, specifically small business
alternatives that it has considered in reaching its proposed approach, which may include the following
four alternatives (among others): "(1) the establishment of differing compliance or reporting
requirements or timetables that take into account the resources available to small entities; (2) the
clarification, consolidation, or simplification of compliance or reporting requirements under the rule for
small entities; (3) the use of performance, rather than design, standards; and (4) exemption from coverage
of the rule, or any part thereof, for small entities.""'2
31. We seek comment generally on the effect the rule changes considered in this Second
Further Notice would have on small entities, on whether alternative rules should be adopted for small
entities in particular, and on what effect such alternative rules would have on those entities. We invite
comment on ways in which the Commission can achieve its goals while minimizing the burden on small
wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, and other entities.
32. More specifically, we seek comment on possible alternatives to our tentative conclusion
to adopt the new 2011 ANSI Standard into the Commission's rules as an applicable technical standard for
evaluating the hearing aid compatibility of wireless phones. We note that adopting the new technical
standard as permissible rather than mandatory may ease burdens on manufacturers, including small
entities, and we invite commenters to suggest alternatives that may further reduce possible burdens on
small entities. We also 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 whether alternatives to adopting this new technical standard would impose lesser obligations
on small entities.
33. Under the rules that we propose in the Second Further Notice, a multi-band and/or multi-
mode handset model launched earlier than 12 months after Federal Register publication of new riles
codifying the 2011 ANSI Standard would be considered hearing aid-compatible for operations covered
under the 2007 ANSI Standard even if it has not obtained certification as being hearing aid-compatible for
its other operations. This proposal is intended to reduce burdens on small entities and others with respect
to handset models that are currently deployed or in development. For multi-band and/or multi-mode
handset models launched after this period, as well as for handset models that only include operations
covered under the 2007 ANSI Standard, we propose to retain the current principle that a handset model
must meet ANSI C63.19 technical standards over all frequency bands and air interfaces over which it
operates in order to be considered hearing aid-compatible over any air interface.'"6 We invite
commenters to suggest similar alternatives that may ease compliance burdens on small entities.
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'i See 47 C.F.R. 20.19(b).
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