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FCC Proposes Forfeiture Against Behringer USA Inc.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a $1 million forfeiture against Behringer USA for marketing unauthorized equipment, an apparent violation of the FCC’s equipment authorization rules.

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

In proposing its forfeiture amount, the commission considered that Behringer marketed the unauthorized devices for more than five years 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.

Full disclosure is available as a PDF document from the FCC’s Website at