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FCC Proposes $144,344 Fine on Pirate Radio Operator and His Landlord

Posted in FCC Fines, FM Radio, General FCC
Yesterday, the FCC adopted a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing to fine three individuals $144,344 for operating a pirate radio station in North Miami, Florida.  One individual is alleged to have programed and operated the station while the other two are a husband and wife who owned the property from which the station transmitted. The… Continue Reading

More and More Actions on Pirate Radio – What is Next?

Posted in FCC Fines, FM Radio, Programming Regulations
It seems like virtually every day, the FCC announces that it has sent numerous Notices to pirate radio operators warning them that their operations are illegal and that, if the operations do not cease, legal penalties may follow. Yesterday, the FCC released ten such Notices, including ones sent to operators of pirate radio stations themselves… Continue Reading

And Then There Were Three – Chairman Wheeler to Step Down on Inauguration Day Leaving a Republican-Controlled FCC – What’s It Mean for Broadcasters?

Posted in AM Radio, EEO Compliance/Diversity, General FCC, Multiple Ownership Rules
After months of speculation, Chairman Wheeler today announced that he will step down from the FCC on Inauguration Day. Together with the Senate not confirming the renomination of Commissioner Rosenworcel (as the Senate is effectively on recess and not expected to return before the end of the term, her renomination will almost certainly not be… Continue Reading

Pirates, Pirates Everywhere – Fines Up to $25,000 for Unlicensed Radio Stations

Posted in FCC Fines, FM Translators and LPFM
For an industry that some say is about to be made obsolete because of its digital competition, there are still many people who want a piece of the FM spectrum.   We’ve written much about the contest between LPFM and translator proponents seeking their piece of FM spectrum – a contest that we should see resolved by… Continue Reading

Issues on the Post-Transition Use of the Television Spectrum – White Spaces and Distributed Transmission Service (DTS)

Posted in Digital Television
With the final transition of television from analog to digital soon upon us, the FCC has scheduled for consideration at its November meeting two items that will address the use of the television spectrum after the transition – one designed to improve television reception, and the other viewed by television broadcasters as a threat to… Continue Reading

Who Needs LPFM? – Why Not Just Expand the FM Dial?

Posted in Digital Television, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM, Low Power Television/Class A TV
At last Tuesday’s FCC meeting, the Commission adopted a controversial order, over the objection of two Commissioners, that could limit the processing of some applications for improvements by some full power FM stations, and would restrict translator applications, all in the name of encouraging Low Power FM (LPFM) stations to provide outlets for expression by… Continue Reading