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June 18, 2007
VIA CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #2269
1600 East Chestnut Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
702 SW Eighth Street
Bentonville, AR 72716
Attn.: Leslie A. Dach, Executive Vice President
Corporate Affairs and Government Relations
Re: File No. EB-07-ST-163
Citation No.: C20073298020
This is an official CITATION, issued pursuant to Section 503(b)(5) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended ("Act"), 47 U.S.C. S 503(b)(5), to
Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #2269
and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (collectively "Wal-Mart") for failure to provide
appropriate Consumer Alert disclosures on analog tuner only television
receiving equipment in violation of Section 15.117(k) of the Commission's
Rules ("Rules"), 47 C.F.R. S 15.117(k). As explained below, future
violations of the Commission's rules in this regard may subject your
company to monetary forfeitures.
On June 13, 2007, agents from the Enforcement Bureau's Seattle Office
visited the Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #2269 at 1600 East Chestnut Avenue,
Yakima, WA 98901 and observed that Wal-Mart did not have the proper
Consumer Alert label displayed on equipment that contained an analog tuner
but not a digital tuner at the point of sale.
Section 15.117(k) of the Commission's Rules states:
(k) The following requirements apply to all responsible parties, as
defined in S2.909 of this chapter, and any person that displays or
offers for sale or rent television receiving equipment that is not
capable of receiving, decoding and tuning digital signals.
(1) Such parties and persons shall place conspicuously and in close
proximity to such television broadcast receivers a sign containing, in
clear and conspicuous print, the Consumer Alert disclosure text
required by subparagraph (3). The text should be in a size of type
large enough to be clear, conspicuous and readily legible, consistent
with the dimensions of the equipment and the label. The information
may be printed on a transparent material and affixed to the screen, if
the receiver includes a display, in a manner that is removable by the
consumer and does not obscure the picture, or, if the receiver does
not include a display, in a prominent location on the device, such as
on the top or front of the device, when displayed for sale, or the
information in this format may be displayed separately immediately
adjacent to each television broadcast receiver offered for sale and
clearly associated with the analog-only model to which it pertains.
(2) If such parties and persons display or offer for sale or rent such
television broadcast receivers via direct mail, catalog, or electronic
means, they shall prominently display in close proximity to the images
or descriptions of such television broadcast receivers, in clear and
conspicuous print, the Consumer Alert disclosure text required by
subparagraph (3). The text should be in a size large enough to be
clear, conspicuous, and readily legible, consistent with the
dimensions of the advertisement or description.
(3) "CONSUMER ALERT
This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will
require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive
over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's
transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to
work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles,
VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call
the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY:
1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website
Accordingly, it appears that Wal-Mart has violated Section 15.117(k) of
the Rules by failing to place conspicuously and in close proximity to the
following equipment, in clear and conspicuous print, the required Consumer
Manufacturer Device Model # Number of Units
Duraband TV DU1901 8
Phillips TV 20PT6245/37 2
Phillips DVD/VCR DVP3050V 1
Phillips DVD/VCR DVP3150V 5
Samsung DVD/VCR DVD-V5650 1
We caution you that failure to display an appropriate Consumer Alert label
on any television receiving equipment that is not capable of receiving,
decoding and tuning digital signals would constitute a further violation
of Section 15.117(k) of the Rules.
If, after receipt of this citation, Wal-Mart engages in conduct of the
type described herein, in violation of the Communications Act or the
Commission's rules, the Commission may impose monetary forfeitures not to
exceed $11,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing
violation up to $97,500 for a single continuing violation.
If you choose to do so, you may respond to this citation within 10 days
from the date of this letter either through (1) a personal interview at
the Commission's Field Office nearest to your place of business, or (2) a
written statement. Your response should specify the actions that Wal-Mart
is taking to ensure that it does not violate Section 15.117(k) of the
Commission's rules in the future.
If you choose to request a personal interview, the closest FCC Office is
Federal Communications Commission, 11410 NE 122^nd Way, Suite 312,
Kirkland, WA 98034. You should contact this office by telephone, (XXX)
XXXX-XXXX to schedule this interview, which must take place within 10 days
of this Citation. Alternatively, as noted above, Wal-Mart may submit a
written statement to the above address within 10 days of the date of this
Citation. Any written statements should specify what actions have been
taken to correct the violation[s] outlined above. Please reference file
number EB-07-ST-163 when corresponding with the Commission.
Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. S 552a(e)(3), we are informing you
that the Commission's staff will use all relevant material information
before it, including information that you disclose in your interview or
written statement, to determine what, if any, enforcement action is
required to ensure your compliance with the Communications Act and the
The knowing and willful making of any false statement, or the concealment
of any material fact, in reply to this citation is punishable by fine or
imprisonment under 18 U.S.C. S 1001.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Kristine A. McGowan
Seattle District Office
Cc: Douglas Jarrett, Esquire
See 47 C.F.R. S 1.80(b)(3).
47 U.S.C. S 503(b)(5).
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554