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Unauthorized Assignment/Transfer of Control of Licenses

Licensees that are considering merger, reorganization or other ownership transactions should take steps to ensure that they are in compliance with Section 310(d) of the Communications Act and the Commission's rules regarding assignments and transfers of control of FCC licenses and permits.

Section 310(d) states:

No construction permit or station license, or any rights thereunder, shall be transferred, assigned, or disposed of in any manner, voluntarily or involuntarily, directly or indirectly, or by transfer of control of any corporation holding such permit or license, to any person except upon application to the Commission and upon finding by the Commission that the public interest, convenience, and necessity will be served thereby.

The specific requirements implementing Section 310(d) and the process for obtaining any necessary FCC authority are explained in the Commission's rules for each radio service. Licensees are encouraged to consult these rules before closing on transactions. Failure to obtain FCC authority prior to consummating assignments and transfers of control may result in enforcement action.

Recent Enforcement Actions

Broadcast 

06-03-2011 David Carus & Associates (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
03-28-2011 Hanmi Broadcasting, Inc., WPBC(AM), Decatur, Georgia (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
10-04-2010 Peconic Public Broadcasting (ERRATUM)
10-04-2010 Long Island University Public Radio Network (ERRATUM)
10-01-2010 Peconic Public Broadcasting, WLIU(FM), Southampton, NY (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
10-01-2010 Long Island University Public Radio Network, WLIU(FM), Southampton, NY (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
09-10-2010 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (NAL)
03-18-2010 Birach Broadcasting Corporation, WMJH(AM), Rockford, Michigan (NAL & ORDER)
03-18-2010 Birach Broadcasting Corporation, WMFN(AM), Zeeland, Michigan (NAL & ORDER)
02-17-2009 Tama Broadcasting, Inc., D.B. Zwirn & Co., L.P. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
08-06-2008 Sunshine Broadcasters, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
11-21-2006 Kenneth Wayne Diebel, KHMB(FM), Hamburg, Arkansas (ORDER &

CONSENT DECREE)
05-13-2005 Family Broadcasting, Inc. (INITIAL DECISION

ON REMAND)
01-15-2005 Radio & Investments, Inc., KFRA(AM), Franklin, Louisiana (ORDER & 

CONSENT DECREE)
06-25-2004 Middle Georgia Communications, Inc., WMGZ(FM), Eatonton, Georgia (ERRATUM)
06-21-2004 Middle Georgia Communications, Inc., WMGZ(FM), Eatonton, Georgia (ORDER &

CONSENT DECREE)
11-04-2003 Radio Moultrie, Inc., WMGA(AM), Moultrie, Georgia (ORDER OF

REVOCATION)
11-26-2002 Radio Moultrie, Inc., WMGA(AM), Moultrie, Georgia (ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE AND

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING)
01-28-2002 Citicasters Licenses, Inc. (M.O.&O.)
04-04-2001 Citicasters Co. (FORFEITURE ORDER)
03-15-2001 K.I.D.S. - TV6, K06MU, Big Bear Lake, CA (FORFEITURE ORDER)
02-13-2001 Citicasters Co. (NAL)
12-20-2000 Bear Valley Broadcasting, Inc., K06MU, Big Bear Lake, CA (FORFEITURE ORDER)
10-20-2000 Bear Valley Broadcasting, Inc., K06MU, Big Bear Lake, CA (NAL)
10-20-2000 K.I.D.S. - TV6, K06MU, Big Bear Lake, CA (NAL)
08-03-2000 Stone/Collins Communications, Inc. (NAL)
07-14-2000 Kenneth Paul Harris, Sr., KSRW(FM), Childress, Texas (NAL)
07-14-2000 Kevin Hackler, KSRW(FM), Childress, Texas (NAL)
06-28-2000 Robert J. Raide and Radio Corporation, WKRH(FM), Minetto, NY (ORDER)
03-24-2000 KANZA, Inc. (ORDER)

Wireless

04-18-2011 AST Telecom, LLC d/b/a Blue Sky Communications (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
02-08-2011 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
12-13-2010 Delta Air Lines, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
11-08-2010 Shared Data Networks, LLC (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
01-04-2010 Shop at Home Holdings, Inc. (NAL)
12-14-2009 BNSF Railway Company (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
05-14-2009 ARINC, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
03-31-2009 Hughes Communications, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
12-02-2008 Fox Television Holdings, Inc. (NAL)
11-05-2008 SkyPort Global Communications, Inc. (NAL)
09-05-2008 Wireless Telecommunications, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
08-15-2008 GE MDS LLC (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
08-14-2008 OP LLC, TVCC One Six Holdings LLC (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
07-02-2008 Atlantic Aviation FBO Holdings LLC (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
11-20-2007 Spectracom, LLC (FORFEITURE ORDER)
07-11-2007 Covad Communications Group, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
01-03-2007 Newcomm Wireless Services, Inc. (ORDER &

CONSENT DECREE)
11-07-2004 Ronald Brasher et al. (DECISION)
04-28-2004 Weblink Wireless I, L.P., Metrocall Holdings, Inc. (ORDER &

CONSENT DECREE)
01-16-2002 Enron Corp. (ORDER)
05-08-2001 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (M.O.&O.)
04-23-2001 Waste Management Holdings, Inc. (M.O.&O.)
04-06-2001 ENOGEX, Inc. and TRANSOK, Inc. (M.O.&O.)
04-06-2001 ONEOK, Inc. d/b/a Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. (M.O.&O.)
03-26-2001 Xcel Energy Inc. (M.O.&O.)
02-05-2001 Community News, LLC (M.O.&O.)
01-31-2001 Kenergy Corp. (M.O.&O.)
12-29-2000 Wisconsin Energy Corporation (M.O.&O.)
09-15-2000 LG&E Energy Corp. (M.O.&O.)
08-30-2000 Firstenergy Corp., et al. (ORDER)
08-29-2000 Ronald Brasher, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, et al (ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE,

HEARING DESIGNATION ORDER

& NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING)
08-23-2000 Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (M.O.&O.)
07-27-2000 Enserch Corporation (FORFEITURE ORDER)
06-05-2000 Roadrunner Transportation, Inc., Dynamex Operations East, Inc., City Courier, Inc., Eastside/Westside, Inc. (FORFEITURE ORDER)
05-19-2000 International Business Machines (ORDER)
04-24-2000 Arvada Excavating Company, Inc., WPIM675, Denver, Colorado (FORFEITURE ORDER)
12-07-1999 Entergy Security Corporation (M.O.&O.)

Telecom

03-30-2009 SkyPort Global Communications, Inc. (FORFEITURE ORDER)
03-06-2008 U.S. Wireless Data, Inc. (ORDER & CONSENT DECREE)
12-06-2007 Satamatics, Inc. (NAL)
09-24-2007 Rally Capital, LLC (NAL)
12-12-2003 One Call Internet, Inc. (ORDER &

CONSENT DECREE)

Other Helpful Materials 

Fact Sheet "Questions and Answers Regarding Private Wireless Licensees' Obligations Under Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934''

Fact Sheet "Erratum to Questions and Answers Regarding Private Wireless Licensees' Obligations Under Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934'' 

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