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Alleged Pirates Contacted in N.Y., N.J., Connecticut and Miami

The FCC is attempting to keep the pressure on alleged pirate operators on the East Coast
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The Federal Communications Commission is keeping the pressure on alleged pirate operators on the East Coast — sending out notices to individuals in Florida, New York Connecticut and New Jersey.

In mid-June, agents from the Miami Office of the Enforcement Bureau sent a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to PRB Entertainment Inc. for allegedly operating a radio station at a commercial property in Miami. Agents confirmed by direction-finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 88.7 MHz were allegedly emanating from a commercial property — with the moniker Play Yo Part Lounge — at 728 NW 79th St in Miami. Agents determined that PRB is leasing the premises, and sent a notice to alert the organization that operating radio transmitting equipment at certain frequencies without a license is a violation of federal laws.

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Agents have also been busy sending out notices to alleged pirate operators in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Reginald Simeon of Brooklyn was issued a notice after agents from the New York Office responded to a complaint in March of an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 88.5 MHz from a residential property on East 49th Street in Brooklyn.

Several notices were handed out in Connecticut, too, after agents began investigating complaints. Agents investigated a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 106.5 MHz in Bridgeport, Conn., and determined that Cornelius Medas was the alleged operator of an unlicensed station. Also in Bridgeport, agents also investigated a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on frequency 103.3 MHz sent a notice to Jack Akaffou. The FCC said Akaffou is the owner of a property on Stratford Ave. where the signals were allegedly broadcasting from.

Over in Danbury, Conn., notice was given to Max Hamoy after agents investigated a complaint of an unlicensed FM station allegedly operating on frequency 87.9 MHz. Agents confirmed by direction-finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 87.9 MHz were emanating from a multifamily dwelling on Keeler Street and that Hamoy was the alleged operator.

Agents also sent a notice to Segundo Velasquez in Danbury after investigating a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 99.3 MHz. Agents confirmed by direction-finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 99.3 MHz were emanating from a residential property on Lake Ave. owned by Velasquez.

Two notices were also sent to two different operators in East Orange, N.J — one to 110 Washington EO and one to Mario Louis — for allegedly operating an FM station on frequency 104.7 MHz in East Orange.

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