PIRATE Act Passes the House

The Pirate Act which imposed federal penalties on pirate radio stations was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill creates penalties of up to $100,000 a day for violations up to a total maximum fine of $2 million. It also obligates the FCC to report to Congress annually on its activities to crack down on pirate radio and coordinate with the U.S. Attorney’s office and other government officials to seize the equipment of illegal operators of pirate stations.

Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) took to the House Floor to speak out in favor of the Pirate Act to protect over the air broadcasters. Thank you, Congressman Walberg.

The bill was referred to the Senate for consideration.

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