FCC Enters Into Consent Decrees Over Unauthorized LED Signs

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has entered into consent decrees with two distributors over the marketing and sale of LED display signs that did not have the requisite equipment authorization.

In the first instance, the Commission reached a $39,500 settlement with Boyce Industries (doing business as VisionTech) over the company’s marketing of LED signs that did not possess the required equipment authorization, labeling and user manual disclosures, and for failing to retain the required test records. In a second Order issued by the Commission, Media Resources, a Canadian company that markets, fabricates and installs LED display signs in the U.S., agreed to pay a civil penalty of $19,500 for marketing LED signs prior to obtaining the required equipment authorization.

LED display signs emit radio frequency energy and are accordingly subject to FCC requirements for testing prior to being marketed in the U.S.

Issued in April 2018, both consent decrees were the result of investigations by the Spectrum Enforcement Division of the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau and prompted by complaints received in July 2017. As part of their settlement with the FCC, both Boyce and Medial Resources have agreed to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to ensure future compliance with the FCC’s rules.

Read the full text of the FCC’s Order in the case of Boyce Industries.

Read the text of the FCC’s Order in the case of Media Resources.

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