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FCC Sends More Pirate Letters

Property owners in Massachusetts and Washington get the notice

Two more notices of illegal radio broadcasts have been sent to property owners.

The Boston office of the FCC Enforcement Bureau sent a letter to Marisia M. Maocha about a signal on 90.7 MHz emanating from her property on Douglas Road in Brockton, Mass.

Meanwhile the Portland, Wash., office sent a letter to Randy Lee and Dorothy A. Jones about a signal on 92.7 MHz from their property on 8th Ave. in Sweet Home, Ore.

In both cases the commission informed the recipients that while FCC rules “create exceptions for certain extremely low-powered devices,” its agents found that those exceptions don’t apply to these transmissions.

It also informed them that someone found to allow pirate radio on their properties can now face financial penalties of up to $2.3 million under federal law.

The recipients are supposed to respond within 10 days showing that they are no longer permitting pirate radio and identifying the individual(s) involved.

These letters are part of an ongoing campaign to put pressure on pirate operations through the property owners or landlords involved.

The commission in January also launched an online database about its enforcement efforts, as required by Congress. Of 38 activities listed over three years, there have been four outcomes involving financial penalties against operators. Three were consent decrees and one was a $10,000 forfeiture order.

[Read about other recent FCC pirate radio enforcement efforts.]