FCC Takes Strong Stance Against Radio Jamming, Issues $24,000 Fine to California Man
On June 6, the FCC issued a Forfeiture Order in the amount of $24,000 against Kevin W. Bondy of Encino, California, for engaging in unlicensed radio operation and intentional interference to licensed radio operations and for refusing to allow an inspection of his radio equipment by FCC personnel. Bondy -- licensee of General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Station WQGX752 -- is accused of repeatedly and intentionally jamming four land mobile frequencies assigned to The Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks, California.
In assessing the $24,000 fine, the FCC noted that it was responsible for making and enforcing regulations to prevent interference and to maintain control over the use of the radio spectrum in a manner that promotes the public interest and convenience. “Bondy’s acts cut at the heart of the Commission’s responsibilities to protect the nation’s airwaves and regulate use of the spectrum,” the Order said. “Bondy operated a radio without a license on the specific frequencies assigned and licensed by the Commission to The Oaks, for the explicit and expressed purpose of prohibiting The Oaks’s use of its licensed frequencies. This type of conduct inhibits the Commission’s ability to effectively regulate and maintain control over the use of the spectrum and will not be tolerated.” Bondy has until July 6 to pay the fine.