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Company Ordered to Pay Fine for Unlicensed Device

A manufacturer has entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to settle charges that it marketed and sold LED lighting fixtures that illegally interfered with AM/FM radio reception.

According to an Order issued by the Commission, AFX, Inc. of Waukegan, IL failed to test the subject LED fixtures for possible interference, or to seek authorization from the FCC for the lighting fixtures. The fixtures were reportedly identified as the source of several reported instances of radio interference, prompting the FCC to issue a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) in 2016. However, AFX continued to market the unlicensed fixtures for approximately five months after its receipt of the LOI.

In settling its case with the FCC, AFX has agreed to pay a $90,000 civil penalty and to implement a regulatory compliance plan to ensure adherence with the Commission’s rules and regulations.

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