FCC explains “willful” in stormy fencing case


Broadcast TowerSteckline Communications, licensee of KIUL-AM Garden City KS says that there should be no violation. It did not “willfully” knock down the fence around its station’s tower, a storm did. But the FCC thinks otherwise.

Steckline was hit for a $7K fine 5/6/13 for the fence violation. The violation itself was not in dispute. What Steckline objected to was the assertion it was in any way willful in committing this violation of the rules. Rather, it said the violation was due to natural causes or an “act of God.”

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