President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices

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Earlier this year, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced the E-Label Act, which would allow for companies to meet the FCC's demands for certification labels by placing digital stamps on a device's software as opposed to etching information on hardware. The senators argued that the changes would allow manufacturers to save money and pass savings onto consumers. This was followed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) loosening its rules for labeling, stating that manufacturers could bypass etching FCC labels on their devices in favor of labeling by alternative means.

Now, The Hill reports that U.S. President Barack Obama has officially signed the E-Label act into law, which will now allow for companies like Apple to drop FCC labeling from their devices. Instead of being etched on hardware, it is likely that the required information will now be inside of a settings menu. However, it is also likely that the certification labels representing the European Commission (EC) and its Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) initiative will still be seen on devices.

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Verizon iPhone 4 without FCC logos on left, GSM iPhone 4 with FCC logos on right.

The slight design change could come to Apple's lineup of devices for next year, although it remains unclear as to how exactly the company will take advantage of the new rules and regulations.

Top Rated Comments

HiRez Avatar
79 months ago

The senators argued that the changes would allow manufacturers to save money and pass savings onto consumers.

Riiiiiiight...
Score: 68 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iphone495 Avatar
79 months ago
Words can not describe how pointless this law is.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Count Blah Avatar
79 months ago
Pass savings onto consumers?

Bwahahahahahhaha

I needed that good laugh after my long snowy Thanksgiving today.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
selfsilent Avatar
79 months ago

$0.50 x 30,000,000 = $9,000,000


What we have here is a scathing indictment of the American education system.

Half of 30 is 9:rolleyes:

Back on topic:
The article says that they'll still have to put all the other logos on so no money will be saved. If you are laser engraving, you aren't paying by the logo or letter.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SoAnyway Avatar
79 months ago

The senators argued that the changes would allow manufacturers to save money and pass savings onto consumers.



I highly doubt that companies will save a significant amount of money from no longer being required to etch the FCC logo on their products. Further, any savings will not be passed onto consumers.

The only upside here is the fact that we'll be getting a slightly less ugly housings on our electronics. Then again, these etchings are always in unobtrusive areas so who cares?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itr81 Avatar
79 months ago
.50 cent savings here we come! lol
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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