Several months ago we reported on the FCC’s adoption of some highly technical standards for hearing aid compatibility of wireless phones. The Third Report and Order setting out those standards has now been published in the Federal Register, which establishes their effective date, i.e., 30 days from FedReg publication, or August 16, 2012.

As we indicated in April, the effective date itself triggers a 24-month period during which Tier I service providers (you know who you are) will have to come into compliance, and a separate 27-month compliance period for non-Tier I providers.