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TIA Applauds Congressional Passage of E-LABEL Act

Legislation Allows for Increased Innovation & Information Access Through Use of eLabels

Arlington, VA (Nov. 14, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today welcomed the passage of the Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses Act of 2014 (E-LABEL Act).

The legislation, which now awaits President Obama’s signature, modernizes federal labeling requirements for manufacturers of phones, computers, and other electronics by giving them the option to digitally label devices.

"We applaud members of Congress for passing the E-LABEL Act and paving the way for a new level of innovation in the ICT industry," said TIA CEO Scott Belcher. "The current FCC requirement for manufacturers to either etch or print mandatory regulatory markings on the exterior of devices unnecessarily increases costs, limits design options and ineffectively conveys important information to consumers, especially as many devices become smaller. By updating device labeling requirements, the E-LABEL Act will enhance the ability of our manufacturers to compete while also increasing access to consumer information."

TIA – which is the leading voice for the modernization and improvement of ICT equipment – has been a champion for streamlining device approval processes around the globe, including through such allowances as electronic labeling.

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