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Peninsula Fined $140,000; Faces Revocation

Peninsula Fined $140,000; Faces Revocation

The FCC has fined Alaska licensee Peninsula Communications $140,000 for apparent translator violations and is moving towards revoking all of Peninsula’s broadcast licenses. The FCC ordered Peninsula to stop operating its 7 translators in May and that its refusal to do so makes it unfit to hold a broadcast license.
Peninsula said it is not required to shut down the translators until a federal appeals court rules on its case.
The forfeiture order states: Our FM translator rules provide that an authorization for an “other-area” or “non-fill-in” translator will not be granted to persons interested in or connected with the commercial “primary FM station” that the translator will rebroadcast. Peninsula was the licensee of the captioned FM translator stations K285EF, Kenai; K283AB, Kenai/Soldotna; K257DB, Anchor Point; K265CK, Kachemak City; K272CN, Homer; and K274AB and 285AA, Kodiak, Alaska. All of those translator stations were non-fill-in stations that rebroadcast primary stations licensed to Peninsula.
Peninsula has 30 days to respond to the revocation notice.