Some folks make a business out of managing FCC licenses for companies that are not prepared to do it for themselves. Sometimes, having someone manage licenses for you can really pay off.
The lack of adequate license management cost Marriott International $504,000, the amount of a settlement it agreed to pay the federal government. The FCC had been investigating Marriott’s failure to obtain the FCC’s approval to transfer the control of wireless licenses when it acquired the licenses from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. On Aug. 28, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued an order giving notice of its agreement to the $504,000 settlement. License management vendors take notice: The FCC has revealed to you a potential client that has a half-million dollars of motivation.
Meanwhile, on Aug. 7, the FCC issued a $12,000 fine to Ondas de Vida, the licensee of FM translator station K256BS, in Palmdale, California. According to the FCC, after receiving a notice of violation about the translator station’s power level, Ondas de Vida said that the station had temporarily used a transmitter at a power level higher than its authorized power while its regular transmitter was being repaired. The station is licensed to use 5 watts of transmitter output power, the FCC said. An FCC agent found that the temporary transmitter produced 7.5 watts of power, 2.5 watts more output than it should have had. When the regular transmitter was restored, it operated at 7.5 watts, too, the FCC said.
The FCC says that transmitter power levels should not deviate much from the authorized power. No more than 105 percent of the authorized power, on the high side.
Ondas de Vida is on the hook for $12,000, which is $4,800 per watt.
No one can say that the FCC does not give its attention to the big and the small.