“The FCC takes seriously its responsibility in ensuring that energy-emitting devices like LED lights do not interfere with authorized transmissions,” noted Commission Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold in a press release. Accordingly, “we remind LED sign marketers of their obligations under the law.”
Radio frequency (RF) energy emitted by LED signs can interfere with many types of wireless communications and services. Under FCC rules, LED signs must be tested and found compliant with applicable RF limits. LED signs must also include labeling, identification and user information disclosures consistent with FCC rules.
According to the press release, the Enforcement Bureau has investigated hundreds of indoor and outdoor LED sign models and has observed frequent instances of FCC rule violations. Since March of this year alone, the FCC has reached settlement agreements with 21 separate companies marketing LED signs that did not conform with applicable FCC requirements. These settlements have resulted in about $850,000 in financial penalties paid by the implicated companies, as well as their commitment to meet all requirements going forward.