$7000 Fine for Radio Operator Who Builds Construction Permit But Forgets to File a License Application

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The failure to follow FCC filing rules when a station finished construction of new facilities under a construction permit will apparently cost a radio station $7000 according to a recent Notice of Apparent Liability released by the Commission's Media Bureau. Before a broadcast station can make most changes to its technical facilities, it must apply to the FCC for approval, which the FCC grants by way of a construction permit. In most cases, the broadcaster has 3 years to construct the proposed facilities. Once construction is complete, the broadcaster must notify the FCC of that fact by filing an application for a license on FCC Form 302. That form gives details of the construction, so that the FCC can tell that the station was built in the manner authorized by the construction permit, and in accordance with any conditions placed on construction in the permit. In this case, the broadcaster built the new facilities that it proposed within the 3 year period, but forgot to file the Form 302 - and only did so 3 years after the end of the construction period. Under this Notice, the late filing, and the failure to ask for special temporary authority ("STA") to operate the station after the failure to file was discovered, may cost the station $7000.

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