Radio World: FCC Upholds $15,000 Pirate Fine

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Radio World Texas couple told FCC its rules don’t apply there

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this little gem.  Apparently, the FCC wasn’t amused by Walter Olenick and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick’s contention that the FCC had no jurisdiction over their illegal Austin, Texas FM station "because they live in Texas and the agency’s rules don’t apply there."  Really?  Surprise, surprise.  That’s gonna cost them $15,000.  The case will be turned over to the Justice Department for action if the couple refuses to pay up.  I’m glad to see the return of FCC enforcement, whether it be the case of a "pirate" broadcaster, a negligent commercial broadcast station, or even an amateur radio operator who has strayed from the path.  The FCC has another challenge–getting gypsy cab operators and freebanders off the bottom portion of the amateur radio 10 meter band.  This will be a tough problem, since some of these bootleggers are operating outside the United States.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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