FCC On Enforcement Tear

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by

We’ve talked a lot about regulatory reform at the FCC lately, but one thing appears very clear in the Ajit Pai-led Commission – if a rule is on the books, it will be enforced. We’ve seen the FCC aggressively pursuing unlicensed radio operators in recent weeks, issuing numerous notices to pirate radio stations in several cities. In addition, the FCC’s field offices have been busy, particularly with AM stations that don’t have required fences around towers, aren’t staying within authorized power, or who aren’t answering the door when FCC personnel show up for a visit. The message appears to be clear – just because we’re in deregulatory mode doesn’t mean our existing rules can be ignored. Pay attention to the details out there.