Commission adjusts maximum forfeiture penalties to reflect inflation

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an Order adjusting its maximum civil monetary penalties to reflect economic inflation.

Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, all federal agencies are required to adjust their maximum civil monetary penalties at least once every four years to reflect the impact of inflation. The FCC’s Order details the procedures and formulas used to determine new maximum forfeiture penalties applicable under the Communications Act as amended. The new maximum forfeiture penalties are detailed in the Order’s Appendix.

The FCC’s last forfeiture adjustment Order was issued in June 2008. The new maximum forfeiture limits are applicable only to forfeitures issued after August 30, 2013.

Read the complete text of the FCC’s Order adjusting forfeiture penalties to reflect inflation.