FCC Enforcement Bureau Steps Up Action in NYC Against Pirate Radio Operations

In what may be a record level of activity in a single day, the Enforcement Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued more than a dozen warnings to property owners in the New York metro area for allowing pirate radio operations on their properties.

According to a press release, 16 separate Notices of Illegal Pirate Radio Broadcasting were sent to individual property owners located in New York City and in the area of New Jersey bordering the City. The targeted properties were reportedly identified during so-called Pirate Sweeps conducted by Enforcement Bureau field agents in 2022 and 2023 to date.

Recipients of the Notices were informed of their potential liability for permitting the pirate broadcasts and ordered to submit evidence that pirate operations are no longer being conducted on their property. Failure to comply with the terms of the FCC’s Notice could subject non-compliant property owners to a maximum of over $2.3 million in financial penalties.

Read the Enforcement Bureau’s press release regarding its crackdown on pirate radio operations in the New York metro area.

Read the list of the 16 individual Notices issued by the Enforcement Bureau.

2 Responses

  1. Richard Pushman

    As I read that, if a property owner is unaware a tenant is unlawfully broadcasting, the property owner is liable for the fines incurred. So now that places the task of sweeping for illegal broadcaster onto the property owners? What am I missing?


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