FCC Fines Two Pirates
April 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM (PT)
The FCC has fined FABRICE POLYNICE $25,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station on 90.1 FM in NORTH MIAMI, FL. The FCC said that it heard the station operate on six different days in MARCH through JULY, 2012 with recerences to DJ PAZ and "TOUCHE DOUCE," names the Commission said were associated with POLYNICE and his business, which he countered are widely imitated and copied or may have been an unauthorized broadcast of one of his Internet shows. The Commission pointed out that POLYNICE's website mentioned the FM pirate station and his Internet show urged listeners to tune in live to the 90.1 FM station.
The Commission also fined THOMAS COSTA $1,200 for operating unlicensed radio transmitting equipment on 87.9 FM in IOWA CITY, IA. The fine was reduced fro $10,000 for inability to pay (although COSTA, who claimed that unnamed individuals owned the equipment and he merely sublet a basement room to the pirates, asked for a reduction to $1).
STEVEN WENDELL's Application for Review of the termination of tolling treatment of unbuilt WXNH-A/JAFFREY, NH was denied by the FCC, which rejected his claim that his failure to build the facility was the result of zoning litigation. The Commission noted that the litigation was over the zoning of a site other than that for which the permit was granted.
And the Commission rejected BILL R. WRIGHT d/b/a KEGG COMMUNICATIONS and KXVI COMMUNICATIONS' appeal of the deletion of FM translator K213EB/GREENVILLE, TX and dismissal of its license renewal application as moot. WRIGHT contended that the station's consulting engineer's medical condition "may have been" the cause of the late license renewal application, but the Commission said that its Staff Decision was properly considered and the additional arguments were not presented at that time and need not be considered now.