[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 234 (Wednesday, December 5, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 72294-72295]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29357]



47 CFR Part 20

[WT Docket No. 10-254; DA 12-1898]

Comment Deadline Extended for Public Notice Seeking Updated 
Information and Comment on Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility 

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

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(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 7, 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 Public 
Notice in WT Docket No. 10-254, DA 12-1898, released November 27, 2012. 
The full text of the Public Notice 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 12-1745. 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 


    1. On November 1, 2012, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau 
released a Public Notice in which it sought updated comment in its 
ongoing review of the wireless hearing aid compatibility rules (WT 
Docket No. 10-254, DA 12-1745). The Public Notice set the deadline for 
filing comments at 30 days after its publication in the Federal 
Register, which occurred on November 26, 2012 (77 FR 70407). 
Accordingly, the deadline for filing comments was set at December 26, 
    2. On its own motion, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau grants 
an extension of time within which to file comments. The Bureau notes 
that requests for extensions of time are not routinely granted. 47 CFR 
1.46(a). Given the proximity of the filing deadline to a federal 
holiday, as well as the desire to encourage thoughtful consideration of 
the important issues raised in this proceeding, the Bureau believes 
that a grant of additional time within which to file comments will help 
to facilitate careful and deliberate consideration of these matters. 
Therefore, the Bureau grants to all parties an extension of the comment 
filing deadline until January 7, 2013.

Procedural Matters

    3. 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 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. 2012-29357 Filed 12-4-12; 8:45 am]