Benner on Washington: Recalling The ‘Greenmail Scam’


By Ken Benner

TUCSON — Long before I got involved with the “mock” or “alternative inspection programs,” I toured the Upper Midwest with a trunk full of homemade, carefully calibrated Heathkit® test instruments that I used to conduct the then-FCC required annual proof of performance measurements. This was conducted during my vacations and occasional days off from other employment ventures.

It was during these tours that I first learned of how some FCC regulations were distorted for what I considered extortion. For example, on more than one occasion I encountered a licensee confronted with the “greenmail scam.”

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