The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed changes to its regulations applicable to small service providers regarding the reporting of hearing aid compatible (HAC) wireless devices they offer to consumers.
Under current regulations, all handset manufacturers and wireless service providers must file an annual report regarding their efforts to comply with the FCC’s HAC requirements. The Commission’s recently released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requests public comment on a variety of measures, including:
- Whether to exempt non-nationwide wireless service providers from the FCC’s HAC annual reporting requirements;
- The feasibility of reliance on information complaints and other sources of information to assesses industry compliance; and
- Other suggestions for streamlining and simplifying reporting requirements in general.