[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 9 (Monday, January 14, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 2653-2654]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00552]



47 CFR Part 20

[WT Docket No. 10-254; DA 13-6]

Comment Deadline Extended for Updated Information and Comment on 
Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau 
(Bureau) extends the time within which to file comments on the Public 
Notice seeking updated information and comment on review of hearing aid 
compatibility regulations.

DATES: Comments are due on or before January 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by WT Docket No. 10-254, 
by any of the following methods:
     Federal Communications Commission's Web Site: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. Follow the instructions for submitting 
     People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request 
reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language 
interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: [email protected] or phone: 202-418-
0530 or TTY: 202-418-0432.
    For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Flynn, Spectrum & Competition 
Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-0612 or 
by email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's Order 
in WT Docket No. 10-254, DA 13-6, released January 3, 2013. The full 
text of the Order is available for public inspection and copying during 
business hours in the FCC's Reference Information Center, Portals II, 
445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. Copies may be 
purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and 
Printing, Inc. (BCPI), 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, 
DC 20554, 202-488-5300 or 800-378-3160 (voice), 202-488-5562 (TTY), 
202-488-5563 (fax), or you may contact BCPI at its Web site: http://www.BCPIWEB.com. When ordering documents from BCPI, please provide the 
appropriate FCC document number, for example, DA 13-6. The Comment 
Deadline Extended for Updated Information and Comment Sought on Review 
of Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations Public Notice is available on 
the Internet at the Commission's Web site at http://www.fcc.gov/document/hearing-aid-compatibility-review-additional-comments-sought 
and related documents are also available by using the search function 
for WT Docket No. 10-254 on the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing 
System (ECFS) Web page at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/. To request 
information in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print, 
audio recording, and Braille), send an email to [email protected] or call 
the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 
(voice) or 202-418-0432 (TTY).


    1. On November 27, 2012, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau 
released a Public Notice in which it granted, on its own motion, an 
extension of time to file comments in its ongoing review of the 
wireless hearing aid compatibility rules (77 FR 72294, December 5, 
2012). That Public Notice set the deadline for filing comments on 
January 7, 2013.
    2. On December 31, 2012, the law firm of Blooston, Mordkofsky, 
Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP (BloostonLaw) filed a request to 
extend the comment deadline until January 22, 2013. BloostonLaw states 
that the extension will alleviate the ``conflicting time demands'' on 
counsel who must both file comments in this proceeding and prepare Form 
655 reports that are due from service providers on January 15, 2013. 
BloostonLaw further states that the January 7th comment deadline will 
deprive the Commission and the public of the benefit of comments based 
on experiences encountered during the Form 655 reporting window.
    3. The Commission does not routinely grant extensions of time, 47 
CFR 1.46(a). However, given the proximity of the filing deadline to the 
end of the Form 655 filing window, the Wireless Telecommunications 
Bureau finds that an extension of time for filing comments is 

Procedural Matters

    Pursuant to Sec. Sec.  1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 
47 CFR 1.415, 1.419, interested parties may file comments and reply 
comments on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this 
document. Comments may

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be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System 
(ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 
63 FR 24121 (1998).
     Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically 
using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
     Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must 
file an original and four copies 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 (although we continue to experience delays in receiving 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 at 236 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Suite 
110, Washington, DC 20002. The filing hours at this location 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 mail, Express Mail, and 
Priority Mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20554.
    One copy of each pleading must be delivered electronically, by 
email or facsimile, or if delivered as paper copy, by hand or messenger 
delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or 
overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (according to the procedures set 
forth above for paper filings), to the Commission's duplicating 
contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., at [email protected] or (202) 
488-5563 (facsimile).

Federal Communications Commission.
Jane E. Jackson,
Associate Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2013-00552 Filed 1-11-13; 8:45 am]