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Comment Deadline:                      January 22, 2015

Reply Comment Deadline:           February 6, 2015

On November 21, 2014, the Wireless Telecommunication Bureau and the Consumer and the Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice requesting updated information to assess whether the Commission’s hearing aid compatibility (HAC) rules for wireless handsets effectively meet the needs of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.


The FCC seeks comment on two issues:

  1. Should the Commission change the HAC requirement to apply in a technologically-neutral way to all mobile wireless devices that can be used for voice communications, regardless of the service, frequency, or technology with which they are used?
  2. Should the Commission eliminate the limited scope of the HAC rules which currently covers

only a percentage of handsets, and instead, require all mobile wireless devices to comply with the HAC rules?

Link to the Request for Updated Information and Comment: http://www.fcc.gov/document/wireless -hac -refresh -public-notice


Link to the Public Notice announcing the comment deadlines:

Word:     https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14 -1890A1.docx Adobe:    https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14 -1890A1.pdf


For more information, contact Eli Johnson, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-1395, Eli.Johnson@fcc.gov; Bob Aldrich, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, (202) 418-0996, Robert.Aldrich@fcc.gov; or the ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016