FCC Cuts College Station A Break, Reduces Penalty For Violations
May 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM (PT)
The FCC and WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY have entered a consent decree settling late Ownership Report filings and public file violations at student-run noncommercial KIGC/OSKALOOSA, IA. The ruling gave the school a reduced penalty in recognition of the difficulties student stations are undergoing and with the intention of being instructive rather than punitive, settling on a $2,500 "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury along with a compliance plan.
"In the current radio license renewal cycle," the Commission wrote, "it is possible that similar violations by student-run stations will be discovered and disclosed. At the same time, increasing numbers of educational institutions facing daunting fiscal challenges have made the difficult decision to sell their valuable NCE radio stations.... We are concerned that imposing forfeitures at levels that are likely to exceed the annual budgets of student-run radio stations could exacerbate this trend, foreclosing opportunities for the education, training and real-world experience of current and future student volunteers by these stations."