Unauthorized transfer of control

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced today that the Canadian National Railway, a large diversified rail, trucking, warehousing and distribution services company, has entered into Consent Decree and agreed to pay $5.25 million in civil penalties to resolve an FCC investigation into the company’s wireless radio operations in the United States.

According to the Consent Decree,

In many ways, the America Movil Notice of Apparent Liability is a typical unauthorized transfer of control case.  The company engaged in a transaction that changed its ownership without seeking prior FCC approval.  As we’ve noted, such cases typically generate a fine of $8,000, an amount that seems too small in proportion to other violations.   What’s notable here is that the Bureau doubled the standard fine (i.e., applied an "upward adjustment") against the company that committed the violation.

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Universal service violations, slamming, "junk faxes" and privacy violations typically draw large FCC fines.  It may seem surprising, then, to learn that unauthorized transfers of control of FCC licenses draw a comparatively small forfeiture amount. 

In this Notice of Apparent Liability released on Friday, the FCC proposed to fine Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.