$15,000 fine for Guntersville, Alabama FM Pirate

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