FCC proposes $1 million fine for unauthorized audio equipment

February 27, 2006

The FCC last week proposed $1 million forfeiture against Behringer USA for apparent violation of the FCC’s equipment authorization rules.

The commission concluded that Behringer violated the FCC’s rules by marketing in the United States at least 50 models of unauthorized digital audio devices. The rules require that these devices be tested and verified compliant with FCC technical standards prior to marketing them in the United States.

In proposing its forfeiture amount, the FCC said it considered that Behringer marketed the unauthorized devices for more than five years overall and for almost a year after it was on notice of the FCC’s investigation, and that Behringer derived substantial financial gain from the sale of the unauthorized devices.

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