FCC fines pirates In The Bronx, Danbury

Jan 23, 2008 5:21 am
From Jeffrey Yorke in Radio & Records:
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau on Friday (Jan. 18) said it had slapped a pair of pirate broadcasters with stiff fines for “willfully” operating transmitters without licenses. The commission said Nicolas Paula was operating an unlicensed radio transmitter on 94.5 MHz in Bronx, N.Y., and failed to permit a station inspection. He was hit with a $17,000 fine. In Danbury, Conn., Eliandro B. Ramos did not deny to the FCC’s Boston office of the Enforcement Bureau that he had no license to operate on 296.550 MHz, but he said he could not pay the $10,000 fine levied by the commission. However, the FCC didn’t buy the story and is leaning on him for full payment.