Another Company Settles with FCC over LED Sign Marketing Violations
Friday, October 12, 2018 | Comments

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau entered into a consent decree with Adaptive Micro Systems (AMS) to resolve its investigation whether the company violated the FCC”s rules for marketing LED signs.

Wisconsin-based AMS admitted that it violated the FCC’s rules, will implement a compliance plan and will pay a $50,000 civil penalty.

Earlier this week, the FCC also entered into a consent decree with Hyoco Distribution in California to settle an investigation into similar violations.

The FCC’s equipment marketing 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.

AMS manufactures, advertises and sells fully assembled LED signs. On July 12, 2017, after reviewing a complaint, the Enforcement Bureau’s Spectrum Enforcement Division issued a letter of inquiry (LOI) that required AMS to respond in writing to a series of questions related to its marketing of LED signs in the U.S.

The investigation revealed that AMS 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 retain required test records.

After receiving the LOI, AMS began bringing its LED signs into compliance with the FCC’s equipment marketing rules by obtaining authorizations for models that had not been properly authorized and by marketing compliant equipment with proper labels and user manual disclosures. The company achieved compliance with the relevant rules for the models at issue in June 2018.

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