FCC Upholds $4,800 EAS Fine Against KFSD-AM
Not enough hardship documentation
March 11, 2014
FCC upheld a $4,800 fine against North County Broadcasting Corp. for
not having working EAS gear at KFSD-AM, Escondido, Calif. The licensee had asked the commission to reconsider, saying it couldn’t pay the fine.
The Enforcement Bureau said in its earlier decision that North County
didn’t submit documentation to back up its claims that the broadcaster
couldn’t pay the fine, however the bureau cut the monetary amount from
$6,000 to $4,800 last year “based on NCBC’s good faith effort to
troubleshoot the EAS equipment failure” before an inspection in 2010.
In its latest decision, the Enforcement Bureau said reconsideration
of a previous decision is appropriate where the applicant demonstrates
the FCC made an error or the applicant raises new or additional facts,
noting that a request for reconsideration that just reiterates arguments
that were previously considered and rejected will be denied.
That’s what the bureau says North County did and that’s why the bureau is rejecting the petition.
North County must pay the fine within 30 days or the case may be
turned over to the Justice Department for collection, according to the
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