Congress is considering draft legislation that would increase the penalties for broadcasting on the air without a license. According to the ‘‘Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act’’ or the ‘‘PIRATE Act,’’ someone involved in pirate radio broadcasting would be fined up to $100,000 for each day the infraction occurs, not to exceed a total of $2 million.
The Commission would dispose of any equipment seized without notice after the expiration of the 90-day time period beginning on the date on which the equipment was seized.
On a biennial basis, the commission enforcement personal would focus specific on finding and stopping pirate radio broadcasting in the top five radio markets identified as prevalent for such broadcasts. Such effort shall include identifying, locating, and terminating such operations and seizing related equipment.