Public Inspection File

On July 28, 2009, the Commission issued a $4,000 Forfeiture Order to the licensee of a radio station in New Jersey for willful and repeated violations of the Commission's public file rules. The station was fined for failing to maintain quarterly issues/programs lists in its public inspection file. The Order is available here.

Underwriting Fines

Between July 8 and August 3, 2009, the Commission issued three Forfeiture Orders and one Consent Decree for violations of its rules regarding underwriting announcements on non-commercial broadcast stations. Under the Commission's rules, non-commercial broadcast stations are prohibited from airing underwriting announcements that constitute advertisements benefiting for-profit entities. Station contributors may receive on-air acknowledgement of their support for "identification purposes only." The Forfeiture Orders imposed fines of $6,000 on a station in Lancaster, OH, $6,000 on a station in Georgetown, TX, and $4,500 on a station in Jacksonville, FL. The Consent Decree ended the Commission's investigation into whether a Ponce, Puerto Rico, station violated the underwriting rules. The station entering the Consent Decree agreed to make a voluntary contribution of $17,000 and implement compliance measures to ensure future compliance with the rules. The Forfeiture Orders are available here or here and here.

The Consent Decree is available here.

Pirate Station

On August 7, 2009, the Commission issued a $10,000 Forfeiture Order against the operator of an unlicensed radio transmitter on the 101.5 MHz frequency in Houston, TX. The Order is available here.

Devices Containing DTV Reception Capability

On July 10, 2009, the Commission entered into a Consent Decree with a company, ending an investigation into whether the company imported or shipped broadcast television receivers without digital television reception capability after the dates set forth in the Commission's rules. Under the Commission's phase-in schedule, all devices that have screen sizes less than 25 inches and receive television signals must have DTV reception capability if they are imported or shipped after March 1, 2007. Devices with screen sizes less than 13 inches must have DTV capability if they are shipped or imported after January 30, 2008. The company "voluntarily disclosed" that it imported physical training equipment that incorporated television receivers without the requisite DTV tuners. It also provided a written report to the Commission of how many 15-inch receivers it had imported since March 1, 2007, and how many 12-inch receivers it had imported since January 30, 2008. The company agreed to implement compliance measures and make a voluntary contribution of $30,000. The Consent Decree is available here.