FCC Proposes $2.3 Million Fine for Pirate Radio Broadcasting

Continuing its efforts to curtail illegal pirate radio broadcasting, the Enforcement Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a new round of proposed financial penalties.

In its most recent actions, the Bureau has proposed a penalty of over $2.3 million against a couple for operating a longstanding, unauthorized radio station, in Queens, NY. According to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, the couple’s pirate radio station, Radio Impacto 2, started operations as far back as 2008, generating complaints to the FCC as early as 2013.

Separately, the Enforcement Bureau has proposed an $80,000 penalty against a man who allegedly has been operating a pirate radio station in La Grande, Oregon since at least 2018.

The complete text of the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in connection with Radio Impacto 2 is available at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-23-17A1.pdf.

The text of the Notice of Apparent Liability in connection with the Oregon-based pirate radio operator is available at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-23-16A1.pdf.

In the meantime, the Enforcement Bureau has also issued several Notices of Illegal Pirate Radio Broadcasting, one against a pirate radio operator in Brockton, MA, and another against a couple in Sweet Home, Oregon. The completed texts of these Notices are available at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-391607A1.pdf and  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-391609A1.pdf respectively.

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