On Tuesday The FCC proposed the maximum fine allowable by statute—$144,344—against a pirate radio station in North Miami, Florida. The action marks the first time the Commission has proposed finding the property owners where the transmission equipment was located apparently liable for the operation of the station.
I was about to cry foul on holding the property owners liable…until reading that they were aware of the station, provided land for the transmitter facility, and hooked it up to their own electricity. That’s just moronic. Did they think no one would notice? Worse yet, all parties involved had been raided and had property seized before this incident.
Someone with a substantial amount of land, especially if it isn’t where their day-to-day residence is, might not know if someone’s set up a transmitter on their property, but that is clearly not the case here. These guys weren’t even trying to hide it. Not clever.