The Draft Pirate Radio Policy plus Enforcement Statement

This past summer, when the Commission had been considering an order to close several of the Enforcement Bureau’s industry offices and reduce field agent positions, a number of entities raised concerns about how this reorganization would impact the efforts to combat pirate radio. It was hard to imagine that the heat would be turned up by an Enforcement Bureau further constrained by fewer real estate agents and a smaller footprint. But assurances were made that a sleeker, streamlined Enforcement Bureau would be able to perform all of its duties with even greater performance. When further concerns were raised, new language was even added to the eventual order promising a full of energy enforcement effort against illegal broadcasters via development of a “comprehensive policy and enforcement approach. ”

At the time, I actually questioned how long it would take to create and adopt such a simple record. I even queried the Observance Bureau chief whether it could be carried out by the end of the summer, but no timetable was provided in our helpful exchange. To my knowledge, nothing further has emerged since the adoption from the field reorganization order.

So , in the attention of furthering the discussion and having the ball rolling on our unanimously-approved promise of a policy and observance approach for pirate radio, I actually offer the below draft. I hope this small step, which did not have a substantial time commitment or assets, will renew focus on the Commission’s difficult, but fundamental, obligation in order to police our spectrum and assist in the resolution of instances of dangerous interference on behalf of radio broadcasters and all other spectrum users, who are billed with serving the American individuals.

Will never do I suggest that this is the only edition I would support or the best way in order to phrase every particular concept. Rather, I hope it will inspire those focusing on this issue, both inside the Commission plus out, to suggest changes, edits and improvements, or provide their own proposals, in the very near phrase. Given the stakes, this issue should never wait any longer.

The particular Commission reiterates our firm position, as articulated in the Communications Act and Commission rules, that illegal broadcast operations within the FM plus AM radio broadcast bands – often referred to as pirate radio broadcasting – is strictly prohibited and subject to enforcement measures. Violations are not to be taken lightly, as the harmful interference brought on by pirate operations sabotages licensed broadcasters serving their communities and puts the valuable public safety efforts of these stations in jeopardy to the detriment of the American people who count on all of them, including diverse and underserved populations.

Additional, the Commission makes clear that it intends to enact a vigorous campaign of enforcement activities in order to disrupt and permanently terminate most of pirate radio stations that are in operation today and prevent those that may attempt to arrive online in the future. We will collaborate along with federal and state law enforcement authorities, as needed, to enhance and enhance our enforcement operations. Our work will include an education component for those entities that may knowingly or unconsciously assist pirate radio operations in different capacity, including building owners plus managers, national and local strategies for political office, media marketers, radio programming suppliers, concert promoters and venue operators, and devices manufacturers and importers. All fascinated parties should be on notice that facilitating pirate radio broadcasting will not be tolerated, and may be subject to enforcement or even legal actions, as permitted below law. Accordingly, we seek full cooperation by anyone who may have related information to help identify, locate, plus take action against the operators and proprietors of pirate radio stations.


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