Circuit City asks FCC to cancel, reduce digital TV fines


Circuit City says fines imposed by federal regulators for violating rules regarding next year's switch from analog to digital televisions should be thrown out.

The Federal Communications Commission fined the consumer electronics retailer $712,000 last month. The commission said the Richmond-based company, and others, failed to properly label that analog-only televisions will need to be retrofitted after the switch to digital TV.

Circuit City said Tuesday that the fines should be eliminated because the FCC lacks jurisdiction to enforce the rule to keep consumers from buying TV equipment that won't work after the switch. And in a response filed with the commission, the company also said public comment was never heard on the rule.

Circuit City also said it made good faith efforts to comply with the regulations and that there were errors in inspections done by the commission.

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