Click here for Adobe Acrobat version

******************************************************** 
                      NOTICE
********************************************************

This document was converted from Microsoft Word.

Content from the original version of the document such as
headers, footers, footnotes, endnotes, graphics, and page numbers
will not show up in this text version.

All text attributes such as bold, italic, underlining, etc. from the
original document will not show up in this text version.

Features of the original document layout such as
columns, tables, line and letter spacing, pagination, and margins
will not be preserved in the text version.

If you need the complete document, download the
Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat version.

*****************************************************************



                    CERTIFIED MAIL-RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

   October 31, 2013

   Mr. Tim Thompson

   CEO

   Lake Region Electric Cooperative

   PO Box 127

   Hulbert, Oklahoma 74441

   Re: EB-FIELDNER-13-00007095

   Radio Frequency Interference

   Dear Mr. Thompson:

   On March 4, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission notified your
   utility that it had received complaints from Mr. Billy Jones that
   equipment operated by your utility might be causing harmful interference
   to his amateur radio equipment. (Name withheld) contact information is as
   follows:

   (Name withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   Park Hill, OK 74451

   Tel: (Number withheld)

   The March 4, 2013 letter advised Lake Region Electric Cooperative (Lake
   Region) that the interference, if unresolved, could be a violation of
   Commission rules. For this reason, we encouraged Lake Region to
   voluntarily resolve the matter without Commission intervention. The letter
   specifically stated, however, that if it became necessary for the
   Commission to facilitate a resolution, the Commission might investigate
   possible rule violations and address appropriate remedies, including
   monetary forfeitures.^ On June 18^th, staff from our local field office
   was on hand to evaluate the interference and assist Lake Region in
   identifying and resolving the reported interference. Commission staff
   provided Lake Region with a list of several sources of possible noise.
   Lake Region committed to fix those sources and to continue to work with
   (name withheld) going forward on any additional sources should it become
   necessary.

   According to (name withheld), however, Lake Region had not made any
   contact with him since June and several new instances of interference have
   arisen without resolution. Indeed, since the Commission's June visit, no
   one from Lake Region has been out to (name withheld) residence. Moreover,
   (name withheld) reports that there has been no reduction in the radio
   frequency interference.

   Given the fact this case has been ongoing for quite some time without
   resolution and Lake Region has had ample time to locate the instances of
   interference and make the necessary repairs, you are directed to respond
   to the undersigned within 30 days of receipt of this letter detailing what
   steps you have taken to resolve the remaining instances of interference
   that are reported as being caused by Lake Region equipment. Please direct
   your response to the following address: 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg,
   Pennsylvania 17325. Should the remaining interference problems not be
   resolved within those 30 days, Lake Region will be required to provide the
   undersigned with a status update every two (2) weeks going forward as to
   what progress, if any, has been made to resolve the matter. Your response
   must also include a carbon copy to (name withheld) so that he can confirm
   any statement that you make regarding resolution of the interference.

   Sincerely,

   Laura L. Smith, Esq.

   Special Counsel Enforcement Bureau

   cc: Dallas Field Office

   South Central Regional Director

   ^ Fines normally range from $7,500 to $10,000.