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“The FCC uses Part 15 as a basis for citing unlicensed operators that don’t meet Part 15. There is no differentiation as to whether such operators consider themselves to be “Part 15 operators” or “pirates,” or how they are labeled by others.”
That is a given. There is no other reference point for the FCC to cite violators exceeding Part 15 limits.
However that does not mean Part 15’ers should be considered as the same mindset of blatant violators or pirates because their knat FM or flea AM is a bit over those limits..and quite frankly, the FCC can spend their limited resources on far better catches..like the much bigger fish still owning them hundreds of thousands of dollars in NAL fines.
The chances of the FCC actually collecting that 10k fine from an individual working 9-5 are next to nil compared to being able to get it from a gold spoon in the mouth individual taking yearly 60k world trips rubbing his one worker’s face in it with a phone call from a 1,500.00 buck a night fancy hotel room saying what a lovely view of the Eiffel tower while stating on silent STA’s financial hardship. :/
Besides that, the point here is how fast the FCC slammed their hammer down on a pity thing inside 4 months time and let much larger violators who are licensed get away with crap for 16 years and still on-going today.
THAT is the whole point, not who is a pirate or Part 15’er or anything else.
Back on track.