Hyoco Enters Consent Decree with FCC over LED Marketing Violations
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | Comments

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau entered into a consent decree to resolve its investigation into whether Hyoco Distribution of California marketed LED signs used in digital billboards and other commercial and industrial applications in violation of FCC rules.

Hyoco admitted that it violated the FCC’s rules, agreed to implement a compliance plan and agreed to pay a $21,000 civil penalty to settle the investigation.

The FCC’s LED rules ensure that RF devices marketed in the U.S. do not interfere with authorized communications, thereby maintaining network integrity and security and protecting consumers.

Hyoco imports LED display signs that are manufactured in China. On July 21, 2017, after reviewing a complaint, the Spectrum Enforcement Division issued a letter of inquiry (LOI) to Hyoco, directing it to submit a sworn written response to a series of questions related to its marketing of LED signs in the U.S.

The investigation revealed that Hyoco violated the FCC’s equipment marketing rules by marketing LED signs without the required equipment authorization, labeling and user manual disclosures, and by failing to produce certain required test records.

After receiving the LOI, Hyoco took steps to ensure the LED signs at issue were brought into compliance with the equipment authorization, labeling and user manual disclosure requirements in the FCC’s equipment marketing rules. The company corrected the final deficiencies last June.

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