The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), at its July 13, 2017, Open Meeting updated its equipment authorization procedures and rules in a number of ways that will be of great interest to everyone in the supply chain for both licensed and unlicensed radio frequency (“RF”) equipment, including manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers. The First Report and Order changes the regulatory landscape applicable to the approval, labeling, and other compliance matters for RF equipment in a variety of ways that will take place immediately upon publication of the First Report and Order in the Federal Register except that some will be delayed to the extent they implicate Office of Management and Budget, OMB, review of new or modified information collection requirements.
On July 2, 2014, the FCC adopted an Intel Corporation (“Intel”) Consent Decree resolving the Commission’s investigation into Intel’s importation, operation, and marketing of prototype tablet and smartphone devices. Intel agreed to pay $144,000 to resolve the dispute and enter into a three-year compliance plan. This matter serves as a reminder to importers, manufacturers, and others to ensure that importation, demonstration, evaluation, and marketing activities occurring before radios and digital equipment are authorized under the FCC’s rules stay within the strict bounds established by those rules.