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Released: July 19, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322


DA 13-1601


Released: July 19, 2013

REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PETITION FOR RULEMAKING FILED BY THE

TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION REGARDING HEARING AID

COMPATIBILITY VOLUME CONTROL REQUIREMENTS

CG Docket No. 13-46

Comments: August 19, 2013

Reply Comments: September 9, 2013

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has filed a petition for rulemaking requesting
the Commission to revise its Part 68 hearing aid compatibility (HAC) volume control gain requirements for
terminal equipment.1 Specifically, TIA requests that the Commission issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
to update relevant Part 68 references to incorporate the most recent TIA standard ANSI/TIA-4965 as
quickly as possible, to allow persons with hearing loss to achieve a more consistent experience for amplified
gain level.2 TIA claims that incorporation of the new standard also would improve access for hard of hearing
consumers to emergency services, lead to harmonization across agencies and internationally3 and provide
regulatory certainty for manufacturers who seek to comply with Part 68.4


1 Telecommunications Industry Association, Access to Telecommunications Equipment and Services by Persons with
Disabilities
, RM-11682, Petition for Rulemaking (filed Oct. 25, 2012) (TIA Petition). TIA states that it represents the
global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy,
tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. TIA asks the
Commission to revise Section 68.317 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. 68.317, to reference the most recent TIA
standard, which it says will provide a more consistent experience of amplified gain level.
2 TIA Petition at 4. TIA explains that it has updated its HAC volume control standards several times since the HAC
volume control requirements were first adopted by the Commission, but requests that the new standard, Receive Volume
Control Requirements for Digital and Analog Wireline Terminal
s, available at
http:global.ihs.com/search_res.cfm?RID=TIA&INPUT_DOC_NUMBER=ANSI/TIA-4965, cited in TIA Petition at 7,
become the defining standard for the HAC volume control over a two year phase-in period. TIA also asks the
Commission to incorporate this standard into Part 68 in a manner that would allow the standard to be updated as needed,
without additional rulemakings, and that the Commission clarify that this standard covers interconnected VoIP
telephones.
3 TIA Petition at 13, 16.
4 Id. at 15-16.
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Pursuant to Sections 1.403 and 1.405 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.403 and 1.405,
interested parties may file comments on or before August 19, 2013, and reply comments on or before
September 3, 2013. All filings must reference

CG Docket No. 13-46

. Comments may be filed using the
Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of
Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings. Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by
accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the
website for submitting comments. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full
name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and

CG Docket No. 13-46.


Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than
one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers must submit two additional
copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery,
by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be
addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. All
hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary must be delivered to
FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00
a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes
must be disposed of before entering the building. Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service
Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW,
Washington DC 20554.
A copy of this Notice, TIA's petition and any subsequently filed documents in this matter will be
available during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room
CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 418-0270. This Notice, TIA's petition and any subsequently filed
documents in this matter may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor at its website,
www.bcpiweb.com, or call 1-800-378-3160. A copy of the submission may also be found by searching on
ECFS (insert

CG Docket No. 13-46

into the Proceeding block).
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer
and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can also
be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/trs.html.
For further information, please contact Elaine Gardner, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
(CGB), Disability Rights Office (DRO), at (202) 418-0581, or e-mail at Elaine.Gardner@fcc.gov.
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