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Let me say that I most certainly sympathize with your situation. That said, if you are an ex cop, then you certainly understand one of the most fundamental things about the way our legal system works: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. If you were in the business of building kits for people, there was no excuse for not being aware of the FCC rules governing this activity. The rules are very clear. If you were just ignoring the rules because you felt you were in the right, then you have to accept the fact that someone could take you to task for it. The rules are the law, and the law applies to everyone. When individuals start obeying laws selectively, the legal system no longer works.
If you don’t like the law, the only recourse you have is to work to get it changed. Unfortunately in this case, the likelihood of this actually happening is very slight. You would be better off to just modify your kit building operation to offer partial kits that the customer must finish. Although it may seem like a fine point, this is not unlike the practice of importing products that are only partially finished. This is the way most American companies that manufacture products overseas avoid paying hefty tariffs.
The FCC rules are not clear on exactly what would constitute a “partial kit” so I would suggest you either consult with them or with a lawyer.
You should know that the FCC funds a large percentage of its operations from fines and forfeitures. You are lucky that they only fined you a relatively modest amount. They fined Behringer Corp. $1M for selling non-certified products. Sometime you should check out the fines they levy every day on licensed radio and TV stations for relatively innocuous infractions, like not having their public record file available for inspection.
Instead of being bitter and angry, I would suggest that you just get on with your life and figure out how to accomplish what you want to do without violating the FCC rules. The rules are the rules– sorry about that! I do understand your position and I hope things go better for you in the future.
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