FCC Seeks More Fines

Last year, federal law made it illegal to manufacture or import television devices in this country that contained analog tuners unless they also had digital tuners. Manufacturers and retailers were allowed to sell existing inventory of analog-only devices, but only if they were clearly labeled about this limitation. Apparently, not all the retailers were diligent enough about the products they sold.

According to a report by TVTechnology.com, the FCC chairman, Kevin Marting, is seeking fines against a number of companies. The list reads like a who’s-who of the consumer electronics industry, including Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears, Target, WalMart, and even Toys R Us. The report indicates that a decision is expected at the commission’s meeting scheduled for April 10.