If you run afoul of the FCC, it will cost you more — effective JULY 1st — as new, higher, fines for violations have gone into effect.
WILEYONMEDIA.COM reports, “The maximum penalties for violating the FCC’s rules or the Act by broadcast stations have increased. With one exception, the maximum penalty has risen nearly $10,000 from $37,500 to $47,340 for each violation or each day of a continuing violation, and from $400,000 to $473,402 for a continuing violation. The statutory maximum penalties for violating the indecency laws have always been higher than the general maximums, and have increased accordingly. After JULY 1st, a broadcaster can be fined $383,038 for any single indecent broadcast (up from $350,000), up to a maximum of $3,535,740 for a continuing violation of the indecency laws (up from $3,300,000). Common carriers, equipment manufacturers, and others regulated by the FCC also saw their maximum potential fines increase.”
What is likely to cost you now? The report notes, “A review of FCC Consumer Complaint Data indicates that the backlog of indecency complaints continues to grow, with more than 6,500 indecency complaints pending against television stations and more than 1,500 indecency complaints pending against radio stations.”
For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he perused it “out of boredom” — for up to eight hours each week.
A spokesman for the FCC declined to comment on what, if any, action the agency took after the FCC’s inspector general singled out the eight-hour-a-week porn peeper.