FCC Wants $819,000 from T-Mobile Over Lack of HAC Phones
The Federal Communications Commission today proposed that T-Mobile USA forfeit the amount of $819,000 for "willfully and repeatedly" failing to comply with rules mandating each carrier offer a certain number of hearing-aid compatible handsets. According to the FCC, T-Mobile violated the rules during 2009 and 2010. These hearing aid compatibility requirements make sure consumers with hearing loss have access to advanced telecommunications services. The minimum number of HAC phones required to be offered by Tier 1 carriers has evolved over the years, but at the moment 10 handsets or at least 50% of a carriers' breadth of devices must offer an M3 acoustic coupling, and 7 handsets or at least 33% must offer a T3 inductive coupling. T-Mobile USA is allowed to reduce or negate the proposed forfeiture by proving to the FCC that it didn't violate the rules, or that it didn't violate them as severely as the FCC alleges.