FCC Enforcement Monitor

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform their clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others.

Pillsbury provides legal services to the National Association of State Broadcast Associations (NASBA) and this information is provided as a service to the members of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Click on any date listed below to see all content in each issue.

11/30/17FCC Fires Broadside at Pirate Stronghold: Nearly Half of November Pirate Radio Notices Go to NY/NJ/CT Area
Sorry About That: Wireless Broadband Manufacturer Pays $95,000 to End Investigation of Failure to Prevent Harmful Manipulation of Its Products
Not Too Bright: FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Marketing Unlabeled Fluorescent Lights
10/31/17Law and Disorder: FCC Fines New York City Man $404,166 for Interfering with NYPD Radio Frequencies
A Friendly Port: In Novel FCC Action, Property Owners Face a $144,344 Fine for Housing a Pirate’s Radio Operation
Continuous Unidentified Transmissions on a Shared Channel Leads
to a $25,000 Fine
9/29/17Noncommercial TV Broadcaster Agrees to $5,000 Consent Decree
for EEO Violations
Taxi Company Fined $13,000 for Failing to Operate a Private Land Mobile Radio Station on a Narrowband Basis and Other Violations
FCC Issues Notices of Unlicensed FM Station Operation to Five Individuals
8/31/17TV Station Agrees to $17,500 Consent Decree for Failure to Properly Identify Children’s Programming and Other Violations
FCC Proposes $22,000 Fine Against Store for Operating Cell Phone Jammer
Marketing of Unauthorized Radio Frequency Devices Leads
to $30,000 Civil Penalty
7/27/17FCC Proposes $66,000 Fine Against Alaska Noncommercial FM Station for EAS and Other Violations
Man Faces $120 Million Fine for “Massive” Robocall Operation
FCC Proposes $1,500 Fine Against South Carolina AM Station for Late-Filed License Renewal
6/30/17TV Broadcaster Agrees to $55,000 “Civil Penalty” for Airing False EAS Tones
Radio Broadcaster to Donate or Surrender Nine FM Stations to Resolve Investigation of Stations Being Silent for Extended Periods
FCC Proposes $6,000 Fine Against California TV Station for Public File
and Related Violations
5/24/17Former Broadcast Licensee Faces $144,344 Fine for Operating Kentucky LPTV Station Without a License for 18 Years
FCC Proposes $20,000 Fine Against California Noncommercial TV Station for Public File and Related Violations
FCC Agrees to Reduce Fines for Untimely Children’s Television Programming Reports Based on Inability to Pay
4/27/17Michigan Class A TV Station Agrees to Pay $45,000 for Numerous Children’s Programming and Public Inspection File Violations
New York TV Station Agrees to $10,000 Consent Decree to End FCC Investigation into Indecency Allegations
California Radio Licensee Agrees to $8,000 Consent Decree for Unauthorized Transfer of Control
3/30/17Failing to Make Timely Uploads to Online Public File Costs TV Station $13,500
FCC Fines Church’s Pirate Radio Station $25,000
FCC Proposes $7,000 Fine Against TV Station for Public File Violations
2/23/17FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine Against Individual for Operating a Pirate Radio Station
FCC Admonishes Wireless Carrier for Data Breach
Telecommunications Relay Service Providers Agree to $9.1 Million Settlement
1/31/17FCC Proposes $10,000 Fine to FM Licensee for Public Inspection File Violations
Spoofed Calls Lead to $25,000 Fine
Wireless Licensee Agrees to Pay $28,800 Settlement for Operating on Unauthorized Frequencies
11/30/16Broadcaster Agrees to Pay $100,000 Fine for Filing Applications
Under False Names
FCC Proposes $13,000 Fine for Late License Renewal Application
and Unauthorized Operation
Failure to Register with the FCC Results in $100,000 Fine for Telecom Provider
10/31/16FCC Revokes Company’s Authorizations for Failure to Pay Regulatory Fees
Failure to Disclose Felonies in License Applications Yields $175,000 Fine
Cable Operator Settles Investigation into Unlawful Billing for $2.3 Million
9/28/16Florida AM Licensee Hit with $15,000 Fine for Failing to Maintain Public Inspection File and Provide Immediate Access to It
New York Amateur Radio Operator Fined $23,000 and Arrested for Unlicensed Operations and False Officer-in-Distress Call
Late-Filed License Renewal Nets Washington AM Station $1,500 Fine
8/23/16Spoofed Calls Lead to Multiple $25,000 Fines and Ongoing Criminal Case
Amateur Radio Licensee Fined $25,000 for Intentional Interference
Failure to Timely Request STA Results in $5,000 Fine and Shortened License Term
7/29/16FCC Cancels $3,000 Proposed Fine After Discovering TV Licensee Overwrote Children’s Programming Reports
Educational FM Licensee Agrees to Pay Reduced Fine of $2,250
for Multiple Violations
Failure to Understand FCC’s Filing System Nets $1,500 Fine
6/30/16FCC Refuses TV Licensee’s Request to Defer $15,000 Fine Until
After Incentive Auction
FCC Proposes $20,000 Fine for Radio Licensee’s Violation of
Multiple Ownership Rule
FCC Imposes $12,000 Fine and Short-Term License Renewal for Failure to Maintain Public Inspection File and File Ownership Reports
4/30/16Class A TV Licensee Hit With $89,200 Fine for Dodging FCC Inspectors
Student-Run FM Station Faces $12,000 Fine and Shortened License Term for Public Inspection File Violations
Wireless Synchronized Clock Company Agrees to Pay $12,000 for Violating License Terms
3/31/16Noncommercial FM Broadcaster Fined $10,000 for
Public Inspection File Violations
TV Licensee Faces $20,000 Fine for Untimely Filing of
16 Children’s TV Programming Reports
Man Agrees to $2,360 Fine for Using GPS Jamming Device at Newark Airport
2/26/16FCC Fines Radio Licensee $10,500 Despite Claims of Public File Sabotage
Unlocked Gate Costs AM Licensee $7,000
Class A Licensee Faces Hobson’s Choice: Pay $12,000 Fine or Revert
to Low Power Status
1/31/16TV Licensee Agrees to Pay $18,000 for Public Inspection File Violations
FM Translator Licensee Faces $9,000 Fine for False Certification and Unauthorized Operation Violations
AM Station Licensee Pays $10,000 to End Investigation into Alleged Ownership Violations
12/30/15FM Licensee and Prospective Buyer Agree to Jointly Pay $8,000 for Unauthorized Transfer of Control
TV Licensee Faces $13,000 Fine for Children’s Programming and Public Inspection File Violations
Late License Renewal Applicant Escapes With $1,500 Fine
11/30/15FCC Admonishes TV Licensee for Prior Station Owner’s Failure to Timely File Children’s Television Programming Reports
Inadequate Antenna Fencing and Signage Result in Proposed Fines of $60,000 and $25,000 for Two Broadband-PCS Licensees
Cable Company Settles Data Breach Investigation for $595,000
10/29/15Time Brokerage Agreement Costs Station and Broker/Buyer $10,000
Telecom Provider Agrees to Pay $620,500 to Resolve Investigation of Cell Tower Registration and Lighting Violations
FCC Admonishes TV Station Licensee for Failing to Upload Past Issues/Programs Lists to Online Public Inspection File
8/31/15FCC Again Cracks Down on Wi-Fi Blocking at Conference Centers
Licensee Faces $27,000 Fine for Repeatedly Failing to File Kidvid Reports
Too Little Too Late: FCC Dismisses as Late (and Meritless) Antenna Structure Owner’s Petition for Reconsideration
7/30/15Repetitive Children’s Programming Costs TV Licensee $90,000
It’s Nice to Be Asked: FCC Faults Red-Lighted Licensee’s Failure to Request STA
FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Hogging Shared Frequencies
6/30/15Educational FM Licensee Receives $8,000 Fine for Unauthorized Operation
FCC Cancels $6,000 Fine for Late Filings due to Licensee’s Inability to Pay
Blaming Prior Legal Counsel, Telecommunications Provider Pays $2,000,000 Civil Penalty
5/27/15404 Not Found: Missing Online Public File Documents Lead to $9,000 Fine
Wireless Providers Pay $158 Million to Settle Mobile Cramming Violations
Failure to Timely File License Renewal Application Results in $1,500 Fine
3/31/15eceptive Practices Yield Multi-Million Dollar Fines for Telephone Interexchange Carriers
LPFM Ads Cost $16,000
Multiple TV Station Licensees Face $6,000 Fines for Failing to File Children’s TV Programming Reports
4/29/15FCC Scuttles New York Pirate Radio Operator and Proposes $20,000 Fine
Failure to Properly Identify Children’s Programming Results in $3,000 Fine
Telecommunications Carrier Consents to Pay $16 Million To Resolve 911 Outage Investigation
2/25/15FCC Issues $3.36 Million Fine to Company and Its CEO for Selling Toll Free Numbers
Antenna Fencing and Public Inspection File Violations Result in $17,000 Fine
FCC Reiterates That “Willful Violation” Does Not Require “Intent to Violate the Law”
1/30/15ndividual fined $25,000 for Unauthorized “Chanting and Heavy Breathing” on Public Safety Station
Failure to Timely Request STA Results in $5,000 Fine
FCC Imposes $11,500 Fine for Intentional Interference and Station ID Violation