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FCC Upholds $24,000 Fine

Commission says Kevin Bondy’s used unlawful general mobile radio service and interfered with licensed operations

The FCC says Kevin Bondy really, really has to pay his $24,000 fine.

The commission issued a forfeiture order against Bondy in 2011 for operating a general mobile radio service in Encino, Calif. unlawfully and causing interference to licensed radio operations and refusing to allow the FCC to inspect his radio gear. General mobile radio service is a land-mobile FM UHF radio service designed for short-distance two-way communication.

The commission said Bondy’s radio equipment interfered with the same radio service used by The Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Agents found an unlicensed and unauthorized repeater transmitter in a secured radio communications facility on Oat Mountain in the Santa Susana Mountains, according to its decision. The transmissions effectively jammed Oaks’ operations on two frequencies.

Bondy was supposed to file his appeal by July 6, 2011. While he emailed a copy of his appeal to the local Enforcement Bureau, the agency says there’s no evidence Bondy sent a copy to the Commission Secretary, as required.

That means it wasn’t properly filed and now the agency considers his appeal “procedurally defective.” He raised no new arguments in the version the FCC did receive, the agency said as it decided to reaffirm the fine. Bondy has 30 days to pay.

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