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FCC Fines Beaumont Radio Station $1,500 For Late License Renewal Filing

The FCC issued a $1,500 fine to Southeast Texas Telecom, LLC, licensee of KLLS-AM Beaumont, “for willfully violating Section 73.3539 of the FCC’s rules,” specifically for “failing to timely file a license renewal application.”

The FCC initially issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for the violation on March 28.  The FCC said no response to the NAL was filed with the commission which lead to this month’s forfeiture order.

KLLS’ renewal application was due on April 3, 2017, but the station “did not file a renewal application until August 9, 2017, almost four months after the filing deadline and one day before the station’s license expiration date” the FCC said, nor did the station provide an explanation for the untimely filing of the application.

“We conclude that licensee willfully violated Section 73.3539 of the Rules and that no circumstances warrant reduction or cancellation of the forfeiture,” the FCC said.  The commission said it would withhold granting the renewal application until KLLS had completed payment of the fine.

Questions?  Contact TAB's Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

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