FCC Hits at Unlicensed Signals Up and Down East Coast
Sends numerous notices in Florida, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey
The FCC continues to call attention to its enforcement activities
against alleged operators of unlicensed FM signals that exceed legal limits, including
the use of notices to landlords and owners of properties where such signals originate.
latest list includes more than a dozen notices of unlicensed
operation in Florida, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.
appear related to a single operation that allegedly caused interference
to a translator in the Boston area. The FCC notified Quinton and Michelle
Joseph of Dorchester Center, Mass., that broadcasts heard around Boston on
105.3 MHz exceeded legal limits. That frequency is occupied by a translator
serving WPKZ(AM) in Fitchburg. The commission said it sourced interfering signals
to a commercial building owned by New Fellowship Baptist Church, which also
received a notice.
The commission lately has been including
landlords and property owners in its enforcement efforts against radio piracy.
Also receiving recent NUOs for unlicensed FM
signals were people in the Massachusetts communities of Everett (97.9 MHz),
Randolph (92.1), Mattapan (100.1, heard in Brockton) and Dorchester Center
(90.1, heard in Mattapan).
Locations in Florida include
Sunrise (92.7), Pompano Beach (98.5), Lauderdale Lakes (106.3) and Delray Beach
(95.1 and 104.7).
In the New York City area, the Enforcement
Bureau issued notices in Brooklyn (99.3) and Hackensack, N.J. (90.5).
notice typically tells the recipient, in all-capitals and bold font, that “unlicensed
operation of this radio station must be discontinued immediately and must not
resume.” It says the person has 10 days to show that they have authority
to operate and that the commission will “use all relevant material information
before it to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your
compliance with FCC rules.”
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