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Hearing Aid Compatibility comments now due January 22

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Released: January 3, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-6

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

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In the Matter of
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2010 Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility
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WT Docket No. 10-254
Regulations
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ORDER

Adopted: January 3, 2013

Released: January 3, 2013

Extended Comment Filing Deadline:

January 22, 2013
By the Associate Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau:
1.
On November 27, 2012, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau released a Public
Notice in which it granted, on its own motion, an extension of time to file comments in its ongoing review
of the wireless hearing aid compatibility rules.1 The Public Notice set the deadline for filing comments
on January 7, 2013.
2.
On December 31, 2012, the law firm of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy &
Prendergast, LLP (BloostonLaw) filed a request to extend the comment deadline until January 22, 2013.2
BloostonLaw states that the extension will alleviate the “conflicting time demands” on counsel who must
both file comments in this proceeding and prepare Form 655 reports that are due from service providers
on January 15, 2013.3 BloostonLaw further states that the January 7th comment deadline will deprive the
Commission and the public of the benefit of comments based on experiences encountered during the
Form 655 reporting window.4
3.
The Commission does not routinely grant extensions of time.5 However, given the
proximity of the comment deadline to the end of the Form 655 filing window, we find that an extension
of time for filing comments is warranted.


1 Comment Deadline Extended for Public Notice Seeking Updated Information and Comment on Review of Hearing
Aid Compatibility Regulations, Public Notice, WT Docket No. 10-254, DA 12-1898 (rel. Nov. 27, 2012) (Public
Notice); see also Updated Information and Comment Sought on Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations,
Public Notice, WT Docket No. 10-254, DA 12-1745 (rel. Nov. 1, 2012) (requesting comments).
2 Request for Extension of Time to File Comments, Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP,
WT Docket No. 10-254, filed December 31, 2012.
3 Id.
4 Id.
5 47 C.F.R. § 1.46(a).

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4.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Section 4(i) of the Communications Act
of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 154(i), and Sections 0.51, 0.261, and 1.46 of the Commission's Rules,
47 C.F.R. §§ 0.51, 0.261, and 1.46, the Request for Extension of Time to File Comments filed by
Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP IS GRANTED and the deadline to file
comments in this proceeding is extended to January 22, 2013.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Jane E. Jackson
Associate Chief
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
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