We've all seen them, and we all think the same thing. They're pointless. At least to us. We're talking about the stamp of approval so to speak from the FCC and other groups like the European Union, that is etched onto the back of literally every electronic device we come in contact with on a daily basis. They're on the back of every smartphone and tablet currently but that could soon change, at least for the FCC, as a new bill was introduced today that seeks to remove these stamps from the backs of devices and instead replace them with a digital stamp. Short of removing the unsightly symbols from the backs of all our electronics, it also makes for less things to check off the list of completed tasks for OEMs when manufacturing these devices. We'd say that's a small win/win situation.
The bill although only introduced at the moment could have a possibility of getting passed, which would see it turn into a law that requires the digital stamp as opposed to the physical etching we're used to at the moment. Deb Fischer and Jay Rockefeller are the two U.S. senators who have proposed the bill to congress, known as the E-Label Act. Should this bill pass saving time is not the only factor for OEMs as it will also be less expensive to stamp the approval digitally rather than physically, and we all know how OEMs aren't opposed to saving money.
Not only would these measures be more cost effective for the manufactures who make these products, but it could end up more cost effective for the consumers as well and also serves as a more environmentally friendly practice compared to the current alternative. The bill seems to have support from members of congress on both sides although it's uncertain which way either side will lean in the end. Commissioners from both sides view this as an opportunity to foster more devices and new and untapped technologies that are "designed with innovation in mind." This isn't the biggest change to happen in the face of electronics if the bill gets accepted and approved, but it will be nice to see those stamps as a thing of the past.