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FCC Extends Import Information Waiver for Six More Months

FCC.jpgFederal regulations require that companies must comply with many different rules when importing radio frequency devices. One of these rules is a filing requirement. Complying with this filing requirement can produce a tremendous amount of paperwork. Though, in the summer of 2016, the filing requirement related to the import of devices was temporarily suspended. Recently, the FCC has announced the extension of the Form 740 Import Information Waiver for another six months. For now, this waiver is set to run until June 30th, 2017.

Why the Waiver Was Extended

Form 740 refers to paperwork that must be completed when a company imports certain radio devices. The regulation requires companies to provide certain information about the devices as well as to provide a declaration that the devices being imported are in full compliance with the FCC rules and regulations. Prior to July 1st, 2016, form 740 was generally completed in an electronic format. However, on the date, the system that accepted and processed these forms was replaced. Though, at that time, the new electronic system was not yet operational.

As such, paper forms would have been required to comply with the filing rule. However, the FCC determined that requiring paper documentation was too burdensome for both importers and for the agency itself. Thus, the FCC issued a temporary six-month waiver for this rule. As of right now, it is unclear as to what will happen after this second six-month extension of this waiver runs out at the end of June 2017. It is possible that the original filing requirement will be reinstated, that another temporary waiver will be granted, or that the filing laws will be permanently altered.

Companies Must Always Keep Up with FCC Rulemaking

The FCC will likely publish more analysis and proposals in the near future, both on the issue of importing information and on all other areas that the agency regulates. Any company affected by FCC rulemaking needs to ensure that it is up to date with the latest developments. In the field of technology, things can change very quickly. Further, there is also a new administration coming to Washington in January of 2017. It is unclear as of yet how the incoming Trump administration will affect the FCC. While it is possible that current Chair Tom Wheeler will remain in charge of the agency, it is also possible that he will step down or be replaced.

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