Big-Box Stores Challenge FCC Fines


Best Buy challenged the FCC's authority to require it to label analog-only TV sets, suggesting that major retailers are beginning to present a united front on the issue. Circuit City also challenged the commission on the issue.

The companies say the FCC has no authority to impose the labeling requirement, or to impose the fines it did—$280,000 against Best Buy and $712,000 against Circuit City.

The FCC imposed the labeling requirement so that consumers would know that sets with only analog tuners would need to be hooked up to converter boxes or multichannel-video service to continue to receive full-power TV signals after the Feb. 17, 2009, switch to digital broadcasting.