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FCC Proposes $1.2 Million Fine for Marketing of Noncompliant Radio Devices

In another example of its stepped-up enforcement efforts, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cited a New York City-based technology retailer for marketing unapproved radio frequency (RF) devices.

According to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture issued by the Commission in mid-December, Sound Around, an online seller of audio and video electronics and accessories, marketed 33 unauthorized, non-compliant radio frequency devices through its website. The company also reportedly failed to comply with repeated requests from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau to cease its marketing of the non-compliant devices, dating as far back as 2011, and provided incomplete responses to multiple inquiries from the Bureau, thereby obstructing its investigation into the violations.

Accordingly, the FCC has proposed a financial penalty of $1,202,454 against Sound Around, an amount which the FCC says reflects the company’s willful and ongoing disregard of FCC rules.

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