FCC Should Eliminate Burdensome HAC Reporting Requirements
Washington, DC – November 13, 2017 – Today, in joint comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) and CTIA encouraged the Commission to eliminate burdensome wireless hearing aid compatibility (“HAC”) reporting requirements for service providers. Consumers using hearing aid devices have multiple resources to choose among the millions of HAC wireless handsets, and the FCC should recognize that Form 655 is no longer a robust and updated method of providing certain information for consumers, and should be removed for service providers.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “CCA has been and continues to be fully supportive of the Commission’s wireless HAC policies, which have allowed consumers using hearing aid devices a variety of choices in HAC-compliant wireless handsets to meet their needs. The wireless industry also continues to work collaboratively with organizations representing consumers with hearing loss to find consensus solutions to enhance HAC-compliant wireless handset offerings, and to ensure consumers can find HAC-compliant wireless handsets and understand the HAC rating system. Given the wide array of HAC resources available to consumers, the Commission’s Form 655 is no longer a timely and justifiable method of informing consumers about service providers’ HAC offerings and can be eliminated without undermining consumers’ abilities to obtain information on HAC wireless handsets.”
“Competitive carriers, especially smaller providers, already face an uphill battle trying to compete with the largest, nationwide carriers and requiring these carriers to meet unnecessary HAC reporting requirements will further burden their businesses. The Form 655 reporting requirement is outdated, complicated and provides little benefit to consumers. CCA remains committed to the HAC Task Force process outlined in the Consensus Proposal adopted by the FCC, and to providing individuals using hearing aid devices plentiful resources to meet their needs, and I encourage the Commission to eliminate the Form 655 filing requirement to achieve these important mutual goals.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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