The FCC levied a $15,000 fine for operating an unauthorized station in Paterson, N.J.
In its order, the commission said Alejandro Ramirez had a history of pirate activity in that state.
Rodriguez and his wife Hilda received two notices of Unlicensed Operation from the commission in 2013 and 2014 for operating an illegal station on 90.5 MHz in Paterson. The commission sent the building owner a letter informing the company that continued illegal operations could result in more enforcement action.
An Internet searched turned up a radio station called KalienteMix at the Rodriguez address.
New notices went out this year and the agency said neither of the Rodriguez’ answered those. That’s why the fine was set at $15,000, up from the case amount of $10,000.
Alejandro Ramirez has 30 days to appeal or pay.