Tag Archives: Enforcement Bureau

FCC Proposes First-Ever Forfeiture Against Property Owners for Facilitating Pirate Radio Operations

Continuing its assault on unlicensed broadcast operations, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a unanimous Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) at its September meeting proposing the statutory maximum fine of $144,344 against a pirate radio operator as well as the owners of the property housing the unlicensed station.  The action represents the first … Continue Reading

FCC Strips Enforcement Bureau of Authority to Settle Commission-Level Actions

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau will no longer have the power to settle monetary enforcement actions originally issued by the Commission under a process reform announced by Chairman Pai on Wednesday.  Settlements of forfeitures proposed or imposed by the Commission will now be subject to a full Commission vote, as was the NAL that initiated the … Continue Reading

$85,000 in Fines Proposed for RF Exposure Violations after Ineffective Rooftop Barriers and Signage Lead to Building Owner’s Complaint

Today the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) issued a pair of closely-related enforcement actions against two radio station licensees for failing to comply with the FCC’s radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits.  T-Mobile received a $60,000 Notice of Apparent Liability and Wirelessco received a $25,000 Notice of Apparent Liability (NALs) for apparent inadequate protections to … Continue Reading

Performance Review Time: Congress Requests GAO Audit of Enforcement Bureau Management

Members of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee) issued a letter late last week requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an audit of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau).  The audit would focus exclusively on the Bureau and address its backlog of consumer complaints, its output and performance metrics and recent management … Continue Reading

More Enforcement Action at the FCC: Enforcement Bureau issues $600,000 Penalty for Wi-Fi Blocking

On October 3rd, the FCC announced a settlement with Marriott International, Inc. and Marriott Hotel Services, Inc. to resolve an investigation into the hotel operator’s use of a Wi-Fi monitoring and blocking system.  In the investigation, the Commission concluded that an operator cannot use such a system to prevent users from connecting to the Internet … Continue Reading

Checking the Boxes: FCC Proposes Forfeiture of Half a Million Dollars against International Prepaid Calling Card Provider

On September 16, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) against PTT Phone Cards, Inc., (“PTT”) for a litany of alleged violations of rules applicable to international telecommunications carriers in general and one applicable to pre-paid calling card providers in particular. In short, the NAL alleges that, for over three years, … Continue Reading

Inexperience and Inadvertence No Excuse for Failure to Seek and Obtain FCC Consent to License Acquisitions

A recent Enforcement Bureau (“EB”) Order and Consent Decree highlights the perils that attend failure to get FCC approvals to transfer or assign wireless licenses. The March 13, 2014, release, involving Skybeam Acquisition Corporation and Digis, LLC, commonly-owned affiliates providing fixed wireless broadband service and VoIP, also confirmed, once again, that voluntary disclosure does not … Continue Reading

“New” FCC Taking Shape

Six months after Obama took office, it seems that the FCC is almost, finally ready to get moving.  The Mignon Clyburn (D) and Meredith Baker (R) nominations were approved by the Senate this week.  With these confirmations, we will have the full five-member Commission in place for the August 27 open meeting.  In addition, Chairman Genachowski … Continue Reading
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