The FCC has revised its radio frequency device marketing and importation rules to allow the importation, marketing, and pre-sale of wireless devices earlier in the FCC review process. The FCC would allow innovators to engage in these activities as long as the wireless devices are not disseminated to consumers until they fully comply with FCC equipment authorization requirements. These requirements include operating at appropriate power levels and on the correct spectrum bands without causing radio interference to other devices. The new rules would provide innovators with more flexibility while enabling the FCC’s review process to keep pace with the rate of innovation.
Additionally, the revised rules would allow limited pre-authorization importation of radio frequency devices into the U.S. for certain activities, including packaging and shipping to retail locations.