May 26, 2011

'FCC Cracks Down on Rogue Broadcasters'

WASHINGTON: One way to free up spectrum is to shut down rogue broadcasters. Federal Communications Commission agents have been busy this month, issuing more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars in fines. A majority have targeted pirate radio operations.
  So far in the month of May, the FCC has issued $258,000 in fines; $141,000 for operation of unlicensed radio transmitters. On May 5, alone, the commission fined five pirates a total of $50,000. Other violations involve failure to maintain functional Emergency Alert System equipment, inadequately maintained transmitter and tower facilities, excessive power levels and improper record-keeping.
   Piracy was most prevalent in the Eastern United States. Robert Brown and Lloyd Morris of Boston were each fined $15,000 for operating an unlicensed radio transmitter at 99.7 MHz in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood. The commission’s Enforcement Bureau first issues a Notice of Apparent Liability to which the alleged violator can respond and get the fine reduced or possibly dismissed. Brown and Morris received NALs last October and failed to respond and so are now liable for $30,000.

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  1. Hey, have support coming!

  2. Oooh a subtle mention of broadcasters running excessive power, I wonder how prevalent that is? I bet more often than folks imagine.

    Thanks for the article, that was pretty intriguing, and timely!


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