FCC Wants Latest Hearing Aid Standards Put in Cell Phones
The Federal Communications Commission today proposed that that the latest standards developed by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) for hearing-aid compatibility (HAC) be added to cell phones as quickly as possible. Today's cell phones use a standard that was developed in 2007 to ensure the best performance of HAC devices in the 800MHz to 950MHz, and 1.6GHz to 2.5GHz spectrum bands. This year, ANSI redefined the standard to include 700MHz and other frequencies that are used in modern phones to support 4G and other wireless technologies. The 2011 standard differs enough from the 2007 one that the FCC would like to see handsets use the newer one. This standard is developed to make sure that hearing-impaired users don't suffer undue radio frequency interference with devices such as hearing aids. The FCC wants all cell phones to be compatible at all radio frequencies in which they broadcast, and phones will not be granted HAC certification unless they meet the 2011 standard. The FCC is seeking comments on the proposal, and eventually expects all cell phones to meet the new standards within one year from the rules being published in the Federal Register.
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Starbucks Officially Debuts Wireless Charging in Shops
Starbucks has begun to deploy wireless charging stations at select coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company said 200 stores now offer wireless charging spots on tables and coffee bars.
FCC Wants All Cell Phones Hearing Aid Compatible
The FCC today expanded the scale of hearing aid compatibility in cell phones to include IP-based communications, such as WiFi and VoLTE. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently sought and received waivers to offer WiFi calling along with an alternate to the legacy technology called RTT (real-time text).
Apple Complains About FCC's Hearing Aid Push
Apple has filed comments with the FCC requesting the agency refrain from adopting new hearing aid rules. In November, the agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require all phones to be accessible to people who use hearing aids or have cochlear implants.
FCC Finalizes $819,000 Fine Against T-Mobile
The FCC today levied an $819,000 fine against T-Mobie for its lack of support for hearing-aid compatible handsets. The FCC originally made its claim against T-Mobile more than two years ago, when it discovered T-Mobile "willfully and repeatedly" failed to comply with rules mandating each carrier offer a certain number of hearing-aid compatible (HAC) handsets.