Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

FCC Enforcement Monitor — October 2013

By Scott R Flick and Paul A Cicelski

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a forfeiture order in the amount of $14,400 (£9,000) to a California television licensee for failing to keep its online public inspection file up to date and for not responding to the FCC’s letters of inquiry.

Earlier this year, the FCC issued a notice of apparent liability for forfeiture (NAL) against the licensee, asserting that the station had failed to place required documentation in its online public inspection file and failed to respond to FCC letters of inquiry. The NAL concluded that the licensee should be assessed a $16,000 forfeiture for these violations, which was comprised of $10,000 for the public file violation and $6,000 for failure to respond to the FCC’s correspondence.

Although the usual penalty for failure to respond is $4,000, the FCC imposed the higher penalty of $6,000 on this licensee because its ‘misconduct was egregious and repeated’…

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