$15,000 fine for FM pirate in Van Nuys, California

NOTICE OF APPARENT LIABILITY FOR FORFEITURE

Adopted: November 20, 2017 Released: November 21, 2017 By the Regional Director, Region Three, Enforcement Bureau:

I. INTRODUCTION.  We propose a penalty of $15,000 against Mr. Juan Carlos Uribe for operating an unlicensed radio station on 101.5 MHz in Van Nuys, California.  Mr. Uribe was warned by the Commission that the operation of an unlicensed station was illegal and that continued operation could result in further enforcement action.  Nonetheless, Mr. Uribe apparently disregarded the warning and continued to broadcast on an unauthorized station. 

Accordingly, the Commission now finds him apparently liable for violation of Section 301 of the Commissions Act, and proposes a penalty of $15,000.  As the Commission has stated many times before, enforcement action in this area is critical because unlicensed radio stations undermine the Commission’s efforts to manage radio spectrum and can cause interference to licensed communications, including authorized broadcasts and public safety transmissions.  Moreover, unlicensed radio stations do not broadcast Emergency Alert Service (EAS) messages, and thus create a public safety hazard for their listeners. Read More

$15,000 fine for Guntersville, Alabama FM Pirate

I. INTRODUCTION
1. FCC impose a penalty of $15,000 on Michael Dudley for operating an unlicensed radio station on 103.9 MHz in Guntersville, Alabama in violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act).  Mr. Dudley does not deny that he operated an illegal station, but argues that the station did not interfere with any other stations, that no one was harmed by the station’s operation, and that he does not have the resources to pay the forfeiture. After reviewing Mr. Dudley’s response to the NAL, we find no reason to cancel, withdraw, or reduce the proposed penalty, and assess the $15,000 forfeiture the Bureau previously proposed. Read More

Pirate broadcasters nailed in October 2017

Summary of pirate broadcasters nailed in October

(nouo = notice of unlicensed operation)
10-31-2017 NOUO Rocheney Charles & Judith Oreste, Lake Worth, Florida

10-31-2017 NOUO Eglon Garvey, Lake Worth, Florida
10-20-2017 NOUO Cesar Gerlens, Everett, Massachusetts
10-16-2017 NOUO San Luis Valley Regional Airport, Alamosa, Colorado
10-13-2017 NOUO Dwayne M. Banks, Marilyn F. Banks, Waco, Texas
10-12-2017 NOUO New Fellowship Baptist Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts
10-12-2017 NOUO Elizabeth Plaisime, Delray Beach, Florida
10-12-2017 NOUO Elizabeth Plaisime, Delray Beach, Florida
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FCC fines Securs $1.7 million for submitting misleading information

FCC FINES SECURUS $1.7M, RESOLVING INVESTIGATION OVER
SUBMITTING MISLEADING INFORMATION TO AGENCY
Commission Completes Investigation, Approves Sale of Securus to Platinum Equity

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2017— The Federal Communications Commission today announced it has reached a $1.7 million consent decree with Securus Technologies resolving an investigation into whether Securus provided inaccurate and misleading information to the FCC regarding the company’s transfer of control to Platinum Equity, LLC.
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