The punishment for operating a pirate station could soon be toughened if Congress passes the proposed Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act or “PIRATE” Act (H.R. 583). On a voice vote the House has already unanimously passed the bill that would allow the FCC to fine someone who “willfully and knowingly” operates an unlicensed radio station up to $100,000 for each day they’re on the air—up to a maximum $2 million per incident. The PIRATE Act would also require the FCC to conduct at least twice-a-year enforcement sweeps in the top five radio markets—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas.
was he the same rebellious soul in school?