FCC Resolves Investigation into Florida Company’s LED Marketing Practices
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | Comments

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau entered into a consent decree to resolve its investigation into whether Absen, based out of Florida, violated the commission’s rules by marketing LED signs used in digital billboards and other commercial and industrial applications without the required equipment authorization, labeling and user manual disclosures, and failing to produce certain required test records.

To settle the matter, Absen admitted that it violated the commission’s rules, and will implement a compliance plan and pay a $55,000 civil penalty.

Section 2.803(b) of the FCC’s rules prohibits the marketing of radio frequency devices unless the devices has first been properly authorized, identified and labeled in accordance with the rules, with limited exceptions.

The FCC launched its investigation in July 2017 after receiving a complaint and sent a letter of inquiry (LOI) seeking information on the company’s LED marketing practices. The investigation revealed that Absen violated the FCC rules by marketing LED signs without the required equipment authorization, labeling and user manual disclosures.

After receiving the LOI, Absen immediately ceased marketing the LED signs at issue until it had ensured compliance with the FCC’s rules. The company resumed marketing each of the signs at issue as soon as its deficiencies had been corrected, with the last one being corrected around November.

Find the full order here.

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