The FCC recently warned video service providers that any set-top boxes, including those used for streaming Internet-based content, being marketed or deployed to customers must comply with the Commission’s equipment requirements. If any of your company’s devices are not compliant, you must remove those set-top boxes immediately or risk fines totaling more than $147,000 per violation.

The FCC’s chief concern is with unauthorized boxes that contain radio frequency transmitters, such as Wi-Fi, that could cause interference with other authorized devices. All set-top boxes marketed and sold in the United States must be authorized by the FCC which requires that the device complies with technical rules, must be labelled with a valid FCC identifier, and include consumer disclosures regarding the potential for interference.

Video service providers should verify compliance with the manufacturers of all deployed set-top boxes. Furthermore, subscribers are also at risk for penalties if set-top boxes are not compliant.

If you have any questions about equipment authorization for set-top boxes, or would like assistance with verifying compliance, please contact Terri Parrilla in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.