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Client Alerts

FCC Enforcement Update 2012

June 12, 2012

Client Alerts

FCC Enforcement Update 2012

June 12, 2012

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FCC Enforcement Update 2012
FCC Enforcement Update 2012
The FCC has been particularly active in enforcement matters during the first two quarters of 2012, having issued more than $1.1 million in forfeiture penalties to RF equipment manufacturers and distributors through May. Recent enforcement decisions have emphasized violations such as the prohibition on marketing regulated equipment without a valid FCC certification, failure to comply with hearing aid compatibility requirements for wireless phone distributors, and purely procedural violations such as failing to respond to FCC letters of inquiry.

The FCC also continues to use its “upward adjustment” discretion liberally to increase forfeiture dollar amounts for repeat and egregious violations. We will continue to monitor developments in this area on our website, which periodically updates you on FCC enforcement actions, and is now current through May 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. These include enforcement of Rule Parts 2, 15, 18, 22, 24, 27, 90 and 95, the tracking of voluntary consent decrees, citations, and Notices of Apparent Liability and Forfeiture.

To read more, please click here.
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

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