Enforcement Actions for October 20, 2017

How did it go?  Don’t throw stones in a glass house?
The Denver Office of the FCC Enforcement Bureau received a complaint from the San Luis Valley Regional Airport (SLVRA) concerning interference to its aeronautical advisory station frequency. On investigating the matter, Enforcement Bureau agents discovered that the airport itself was not licensed for operation on the frequency on which it claimed it was receving interference. On October 16, the Los Angeles Regional Office of the Enforcement Bureau issued SLVRA a Notice of Unlicensed Operation. SLVRA has ten days to respond to the charge.
 
Who’s Responsible? 
On October 11, the Enforcement Bureau issued an Order imposing a $25,000 fine on Public Safety Technologies (PST) for causing harmful interference to other licensees on shared UHF channels in the Los Angeles area. According to the Order, PST transmitted continuously on several channels and failed to transmit its call sign. In a previous response to the allegations, PST claimed that Motorola was responsible for any violations as it oversaw the licensing and operation of the system. The Enforcement Bureau responded that  licensees “are charged with full knowledge of, and compliance with, the Commission’s rules.”  (DA 17-977)
 
Notification of Harmful Interference 
Chapter Communications was notified on October 12 that its Ruckus access point, operating at 699.9967 MHz, was interfering with a T-Mobile wireless network in Brooklyn, New York. Unlicensed operation at 700 MHz is within the rules as long as it complies with standards established in Part 15 of the Commission’s rules. Among these rules is that it must not cause harmful interference (and if it does, operations must cease). Chapter has 10 days from the date of the notice to respond, including to describe steps taken to cease any future interfering.
 
Notice of Violation
The FCC issued a Notice of Violation to Dan Blancho of Norfolk, Virginia, for operating an unregistered Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and for operating that EPIRB absent of any emergency. Mr. Blancho has until November 1 to respond.
 
EB Regions One and Two Get Busy!
The FCC Enforcement Bureau Regions One and Two have been busy issuing Notices of Unlicensed Operation. This spurt follows up on the previous round from the Miami office (Region Two). Specific Notices were issued to (listed by Region):
 
Region One:
  • Geraldine B. Ballentine for operating an unlicensed FM station in Hackensack, New Jersey.
  • Acerome Jean Charles for operating an unlicensed FM radio station in Brockton Massachusetts.
  • Dominique Donna for operating an unlicensed FM station in Randolph, Massachusetts.
  • Michelle Joseph for operating an unlicensed FM station in Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
  • Quinton Joseph for operating an unlicensed FM station in Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
  • New Fellowship Baptist Church for operating an unlicensed FM station in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
  • Patrick Jean Romain for operating an unlicensed FM station in Mattapan, Massachusetts.
  • Tracy Wetmore for operating an unlicensed FM station in Everett, Massachusetts.
Region Two:
  • Dwayne M. and Marilyn F. Banks for operating an unlicensed FM station in Waco, Texas.
  • Delray Beach Investments LLC for operating an unlicensed FM station in Delray Beach, Florida.
  • Jean Dumay for owning a property in Sunrise, Florida, from which an unlicensed FM broadcast emanated. 
  • Dony Joseph and Ali Isnor for operating an unlicensed FM station in Pompano Beach, Florida.
  • Dominique Jean Louis for operating an unlicensed FM station in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.
  • Elizabeth Plaisime for owning a property from which unlicensed operation of an FM station issued in Delray Beach, Florida.
 
In all of the above cases, unlicensed operation is to cease immediately and the recipient has ten days from the release of the notice to respond.
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