Tower Lights Out, High RF Radiation, Insufficient Transmitter Site Fences - FCC Fines Up to $14,000

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Three recent FCC cases demonstrate how seriously the FCC views tower site issues - imposing fines up to $14,000 for various violations of FCC rules. One $14,000 fine was in a case where an AM station's tower was enclosed by a fence that was falling down and did not enclose areas of high RF radiation as required by Section 73.49 of the rules. The station also had a main studio that was unattended on two successive days, and had no one answering the phone on those days - no one to respond to the FCC's calls. The FCC broke the fine down as $7000 due to the lack of fencing, and $7000 to the unattended main studio.

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