The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Fire Rating (FR) for fiberboard in the wake of the collapse of a South Korean fiber-optic cable that caused widespread damage and has led to the recall of thousands of consumer products and equipment.
The FCC announced the FR, which is based on the severity of the fire and other factors, on Tuesday.
The FR was not immediately available for public review.
The collapse of the fiber-based cable that carries the South Korean satellite television service KTBS to the United States was a massive disaster that prompted the U.S. National Weather Service to warn that the South Korea cable could be down for months.
The fiber-networking system that connects the South and North Korean satellite TV services is part of a multibillion-dollar, multistage system that spans the United Nations and China.
The U.N. says the fiber network is “one of the world’s most advanced.”
South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Sunday that his government will recall approximately 1.2 million products, including TVs, smartphones, appliances, medical devices and other household products and will also seek damages in the amount of approximately 2.5 trillion won ($2.2 billion), which is about $300 million.
On Tuesday, the South Koreans government said it would refund a total of 1.4 trillion won, or about $1.4 billion, to consumers, and it has ordered an investigation of all the damaged products.
It has also ordered the return of a small number of Samsung Galaxy phones, a Samsung TV set and other Samsung products, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
The South Korean government says its investigation into the fire is continuing.
South Korea’s top electronics watchdog said on Tuesday that a “large number” of Samsung products were destroyed, and that it would investigate all the products affected by the fire.
“We are investigating what happened and will act if we find anything illegal,” South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Commission Chairman Hwang Woo-jin said at a press briefing.