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FCC Hits Tower Firms With $327,000 in Fines

FCC Hits Tower Firms With $327,000 in Fines

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has proposed fines totaling $327,000 for antenna violations. Of the four firms facing fines, American Tower Corp. was cited for 36 separate violations, totaling $212,000 in penalties. FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief David Solomon told RW Online the commission doubled the penalty against ATC because of the number of violations that can impose a threat to air safety. The Enforcement Bureau also intends to conduct an additional and more thorough investigation of ATC’s tower compliance.
Some of the violations are failure to let the FCC know of tower ownership changes, failure to register two antenna towers with the commission and improper lighting.
ATC has 30 days to respond.
The other tower companies notified of the proposed fines are: Telecorp Communications, AT&T Wireless Services and SpectraSite Corp.