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Client Alerts

FCC Enforcement Update – 2012 Year in Review

January 30, 2013

Client Alerts

FCC Enforcement Update – 2012 Year in Review

January 30, 2013

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FCC Enforcement Update – 2012 Year in Review
FCC Enforcement Update – 2012 Year in Review
The FCC issued more than $2.3 million in monetary forfeitures to equipment manufacturers alone in 2012, doubling the amount from 2011. The FCC continued its aggressive pursuit of wireless phone providers to ensure that hearing aid compatibility (HAC) handset offering and administrative filing requirements were met. In addition, the FCC entered consent decrees totaling $350,000 with manufacturers and importers of RF equipment such as audio mixers, powered loudspeakers, and bass amplifiers – an area where we have not seen significant enforcement activity in the past. The FCC also denied several appeals from equipment manufacturers to reduce proposed forfeiture amounts. All of these developments underscore that manufacturers, importers, and marketers of RF equipment must remain vigilant in 2013 and beyond to ensure that products are properly tested, labeled, and authorized under the FCC’s rules prior to marketing.

We will continue to monitor developments in this area, and the enforcement matrix on our website is now current through December 31, 2012. Fish & Richardson follows all FCC enforcement actions taken against RF equipment manufacturers, vendors, and users concerning violations of the FCC’s marketing rules and technical standards. We include enforcement of Rule Parts 2, 15, 18, 22, 24, 27, 90 and 95 and voluntary consent decrees, citations, and Notices of Apparent Liability and Forfeiture.

To learn more, please read our FCC Enforcement Update.

To view a matrix of FCC enforcement activities since 2006, please click here.

For more information on FCC enforcement, please contact:

Terry G. Mahn
Managing Principal
Washington, DC
mahn@fr.com
202-626-6421
Donna Balaguer
Principal
Washington, DC
balaguer@fr.com
202-626-7719
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