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|June 17, 1998|
STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN WILLIAM KENNARD ON DISTRICT COURT UPHOLDING RADIO LICENSING REQUIREMENT IN DUNIFER PIRATE RADIO CASE
I am pleased that U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken (Northern District,
California) has issued a permanent injunction against Stephen Dunifer from broadcasting
without an FCC license, and from taking any actions to enable others to broadcast without a
This decisive court action puts to rest any doubts about the FCC's authority to manage the public airwaves to prevent interference and protect the public's safety.
The permanent injunction in the Dunifer case, and the FCC's success in the last two years in shutting down over 200 pirate stations, should send a message to all pirate broadcasters: obey the law - and join the FCC in our efforts to expand the legal uses of the public airwaves.