FCC Issues First Two PIRATE Act-Era Forfeitures


The first proposed fines under the federal Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act (PIRATE Act) have been handed to a pair of alleged pirate radio operations by the FCC, with two Hispanic men potentially liable for the maximum penalty allowable by law.

Enforcement of the forfeiture, however, remains a key question. In North Miami, Fla., a notorious unlicensed FM operation was still on the air despite being handed a steep fine.

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