Reminder: Wireless Handset Manufacturer Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Report Due July 15, 2019

Kelley Drye Client Advisory

By midnight EDT on Monday, July 15, 2019, every manufacturer of wireless handsets that are used in the delivery of digital commercial mobile radio service (“CMRS”) must file with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or Commission”) FCC Form 655 to report on the status of their compliance with the hearing aid compatible handset requirements in Section 20.19 of the Commission’s Rules. The reporting requirements include, but are not limited to, identifying the number of handsets tested for hearing aid compliance and the number of compliant handset models offered to service providers, as well as providing information regarding noncompliant handset models, the status of product labeling, and outreach efforts. FCC Form 655 must be submitted electronically via the FCC’s website.
     Time Period Covered by Report
The report covers the time period from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Information in the report must be up-to-date as of June 30, 2019.
     Who Must File
All manufacturers of wireless handsets that are used in the delivery of digital commercial mobile radio service that come within the scope of Section 20.19 of the Commission’s Rules, which consists of:

  • [P]roviders of digital mobile service in the United States to the extent that they offer terrestrial mobile service that enables two-way real-time voice communications among members of the public or a substantial portion of the public, including both interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP services, and such service is provided over frequencies in the 698 MHz to 6 GHz bands.

Attorneys in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Communications Practice Group are experienced in assisting with the preparation and filing of FCC Form 655 hearing aid compatibility status reports, including addressing any issues that may arise. For more information, please contact your current Kelley Drye attorney or any member of the Communications Practice Group.