Published on April 17th, 2012 | by James Johnson1
FCC Fines T-Mobile $819,000 Over “Accessibility Issues”
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday fined US mobile carrier T-Mobile $819,000 for “willfully and repeatedly” failing to follow federal guidelines which require at least 10 hearing-aid compatible handsets. The FCC claimed in their ruling that the carrier violated accessibility in both 2009 and 2010.
Under FCC rules the Hearing Aid Compatibility Order requires that at least 50% of devices support acoustic coupling and 7 phones offer inductive coupling.
T-Mobile can still appeal the decision and show that it did not violate FCC rules or that the violation was not as severe as the FCC claims.