FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for NCE Broadcaster

By Matthew Milhon

The Federal Communications Commission released on JUly 18 a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order contemplating a $25,000 fine for a noncommercial educational broadcast station. The cited violations included: (a) failure to maintain functional Emergency Alert System ("EAS") equipment, (b) failure to enclose a radio tower having radio frequency potential at the base within an effectively locked fence, and (c) failure to maintain and make available a public inspection file.

Although the station's general manager attributed these violations to a number of circumstances, including vandalism, outside the station's control, the agency was unpersuaded.

Broadcasting apostolates and Church institutions charged with maintaining operational EAS equipment, adequate fencing for radio tower's having radio frequency potential at the base and local public inspection files should not hesitate to contact us to discuss any questions about how to ensure you are not vulnerable to this sort of fine. A copy of our Client Memorandum summarizing the public file contents is provided in the "Client Resources" section of our website.

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