Text: S.2583 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 113-197 (11/26/2014)
[113th Congress Public Law 197]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 113-197
To promote the non-exclusive use of electronic labeling for devices
licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. <<NOTE: Nov. 26,
2014 - [S. 2583]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Enhance
Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses Act of 2014.>>
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 47 USC 609 note.>> SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and
Branding of Electronic Licenses Act of 2014'' or the ``E-LABEL Act''.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 47 USC 622 note.>> FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) The Federal Communications Commission (referred to in
this section as the ``Commission'') first standardized physical
labels for licensed products such as computers, phones, and
other electronic devices in 1973, and the Commission has
continually refined physical label requirements over time.
(2) As devices become smaller, compliance with physical
label requirements can become more difficult and costly.
(3) Many manufacturers and consumers of licensed devices in
the United States would prefer to have the option to provide or
receive important Commission labeling information digitally on
the screen of the device, at the discretion of the user.
(4) An electronic labeling option would give flexibility to
manufacturers in meeting labeling requirements.
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO
ALLOW ELECTRONIC LABELING.
Title VII of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 601 et seq.)
is amended by adding at the end the following:
``SEC. 720. <<NOTE: 47 USC 621.>> OPTIONAL ELECTRONIC LABELING OF
``(a) Definitions.--In this section--
``(1) the term `electronic labeling' means displaying
required labeling and regulatory information electronically; and
``(2) the term `radiofrequency device with display' means
any equipment or device that--
``(A) is required under regulations of the
Commission to be authorized by the Commission before the
equipment or device may be marketed or sold within the
United States; and
``(B) has the capability to digitally display
required labeling and regulatory information.
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``(b) <<NOTE: 47 USC 622.>> Requirement To Promulgate Regulations
for Electronic Labeling. <<NOTE: Deadline.>> --Not later than 9 months
after the date of enactment of the Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and
Branding of Electronic Licenses Act of 2014, the Commission shall
promulgate regulations or take other appropriate action, as necessary,
to allow manufacturers of radiofrequency devices with display the option
to use electronic labeling for the equipment in place of affixing
physical labels to the equipment.''.
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 47 USC 622 note.>> SAVINGS CLAUSE.
The amendment made by section 3 shall not be construed to affect the
authority of the Federal Communications Commission under section 302 of
the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 302a) to provide for
electronic labeling of devices.
Approved November 26, 2014.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2583 (H.R. 5161):
HOUSE REPORTS: No. 113-575 (Comm. on Energy and Commerce) accompanying
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 160 (2014):
Sept. 18, considered and passed Senate.
Nov. 13, considered and passed House.