Company To Pay $80k for Selling Unauthorized Electronic Equipment

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The FCC monitors manufactures nationally and internationally, to make sure regulatory standards are met via intentional and non-intentional RF transmissions. Companies who violate regulations can be subject to fines and legal action.

Created by Congressional statute to regulate interstate and global communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories; the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government.


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has entered into a settlement agreement with a German-based retailer of digital devices for failing to obtain FCC authorization for various cameras and wireless accessories prior to marketing them in the U.S.

In a Consent Decree issued in June 2014, the company, ARRI, based in Munich, Germany, agreed to make a voluntary contribution of $80,000 to the U.S. Treasury for the marketing of radio frequency devices without FCC authorization. A 2013 investigation by the Commission’s Spectrum Enforcement Division determined that certain wireless accessories marketed by ARRI to consumers in the U.S. had not been properly tested prior to marketing.

In addition to the voluntary contribution, ARRI also agreed to appoint a senior corporate officer to oversee compliance with FCC regulations, and to develop and implement a compliance plan, including a compliance manual and compliance training for employees.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s Consent Decree with ARRI.

Article: In Compliance / HCT USA
Editor: M. Danmole’
Image: ARRI