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Two Texas Translators Face an FCC Penalty

Commission says the licensee filed for renewal seven weeks late

FCC, Federal Communications CommissionA broadcaster in Texas is facing a fine for not filing license renewal applications for two FM translators on time.

Carlos Lopez is licensee of the translators in Conroe and South Padre Island. License renewal forms were due by April 1 but were not received at the FCC until late May.

[Read: Expired Licenses Lead to $7,000 Forfeiture for FM Translator]

The commission says Lopez didn’t provide an explanation, so it has issued a notice of apparent liability for $3,000, which he has 30 days to pay or challenge.

Because he did file before the licenses actually expired, and because the FCC isn’t aware of any other problems, it said it plans to grant the renewal applications once the forfeiture proceeding is completed.