Reminder: FCC Hearing Aid Compatibility Report Due January 15, 2015
Kelley Drye Client Advisory
January 5, 2015

Please be reminded of the upcoming due date for the Report listed below:

FCC Form 655 – Service Provider Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Report

All providers of digital commercial mobile radio service ("CMRS") must file, by midnight January 15, 2015, FCC Form 655 reporting on the status of the provider's compliance with the Federal Communications Commission's ("FCC") rule 20.19 hearing aid compatible handset requirements.  FCC Form 655 must be submitted electronically via the FCC's website and is available here.

Who Must File:

All digital commercial mobile radio service providers, within the scope of FCC rule 20.19,  including mobile virtual network operators ("MVNO") and resellers.  Providers that are otherwise exempt from HAC rules, pursuant to the de minimis exception of Rule 20.19(e), are required to file the HAC report.

Rule 20.19 applies to providers of digital CMRS in theUnited Statesthat meet the following specifications:

(i) to the extent that they offer real-time, two-way switched voice or data service that is interconnected with the public switched network; and

(ii) utilize an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless hand-offs of subscriber calls; and

(iii) such service is provided over frequencies in the 698 MHz to 6 GHz bands.

Time Period Covered by Report

The report covers the time period January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.  Information in the reports must be up-to-date as of December 31, 2014.

 

Please be advised that attorneys in Kelley Drye & Warren's Telecommunications Practice Group are experienced in addressing issues related to the hearing aid compatibility handset reports.  For more information regarding this client advisory, please contact John Heitmann, Denise Smith or your usual Kelley Drye attorney.