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FCC Forfeitures

Extract from §1.80 Section 1:

FCC Forfeiture amounts for violations. *Statutory maximum amounts revised upwards in June, 2004 and again in 2006. Most amounts shown below may be revised significantly upward based on egregiousness of the particular violation, whether harm was done, or if repeated or willful.

The statutory maximum of $32,500 per occurrence or per day, $325,000 maximum can be applied to forfeitures shown below.

Forfeitures

Violation Amount

Misrepresentation/lack of candor

$32,500 - 325,000*

Construction and/or operation without an instrument of authorization for the service

10,000

Failure to comply with prescribed lighting and/or marking

10,000

Violation of public file rules

10,000

Violation of political rules: reasonable access, lowest unit charge, equal opportunity, and discrimination

9,000

Unauthorized substantial transfer of control

8,000

Violation of children's television commercialization or programming requirements

8,000

Violations of rules relating to distress and safety frequencies

8,000

False distress communications

8,000

EAS equipment not installed or operational

8,000

Alien ownership violation

8,000

Failure to permit inspection

7,000

Transmission of indecent/obscene materials

7,000 

Interference

7,000

Importation or marketing of unauthorized equipment

7,000

Exceeding of authorized antenna height

5,000

Fraud by wire, radio or television

5,000

Unauthorized discontinuance of service

5,000

Use of unauthorized equipment

5,000

Exceeding power limits

4,000

Failure to respond to Commission communications

4,000

Violation of sponsorship ID requirements

4,000

Unauthorized emissions

4,000

Using unauthorized frequency

4,000

Failure to engage in required frequency coordination

4,000

Construction or operation at unauthorized location

4,000

Violation of requirements pertaining to broadcasting of lotteries or contests

4,000

Violation of transmitter control and metering requirements

3,000

Failure to file required forms or information

3,000

Failure to make required measurements or conduct required monitoring

2,000

Failure to provide station ID

1,000

Unauthorized pro forma transfer of control

1,000

Failure to maintain required records

1,000

Failure to maintain directional pattern within prescribed parameters

7,000

Violation of main studio rule

7,000

Violation of broadcast hoax rule

7,000

AM tower fencing

7,000

Broadcasting telephone conversations without authorization

4,000

Violation of enhanced underwriting requirements

2,000