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                           Before the
                Federal Communications Commission
                     Washington, D.C. 20554


In the Matter of                   )
                                                            )     File Number EB-02-AT-380
Small Town Communications          )
Partners I LP                      )    NAL/Acct. No.200332480013
Operator of Cable Television       )
System in Cornersville, Tennessee  )             FRN 0000-0131-51
Nashville, Tennessee

           NOTICE OF APPARENT LIABILITY FOR FORFEITURE

                                      Released:  December 6, 2002

By the Enforcement Bureau, Atlanta Office:

                         I.   INTRODUCTION

     1.   In this  Notice of  Apparent Liability  for  Forfeiture 
(``NAL''), we find that Small  Town Communications Partners I  LP 
(``STC''),   willfully    and   repeatedly    violated    Section 
76.605(a)(12)  of   the  Commission's   Rules  (``Rules'')1   and 
willfully violated Section 76.611(a)(1) of the Rules2 relating to 
cable  television  signal  leakage.  We  conclude  that  STC   is 
apparently liable  for  a  forfeiture  in  the  amount  of  eight 
thousand dollars ($8,000).

                         II.  BACKGROUND

     2.   On October 30, 2002, an agent from the FCC  Enforcement 
Bureau's Atlanta Field Office conducted a cable television signal 
leakage inspection of STC's cable system located in Cornersville, 
Tennessee.  The  agent  found  that, at  seven  locations,  cable 
signal  leakage  on  the  frequency  121.2625  MHz  significantly 
exceeded 20 microvolts per meter (V/m) at a distance of at least 
three  meters  from  each   leakage,  in  violation  of   Section 
76.605(a)(12) of the Rules.  The  measured leaks ranged from  255 
V/m to  2080  V/m.   Based on  these  measurements,  the  agent 
calculated the system's cumulative  leakage index (``CLI'') at  a 
value of 68.7,  exceeding the allowed  cumulative signal  leakage 
performance criteria of 64, in violation of Section  76.611(a)(1) 
of the Rules.3  (See Attachment B.)     
     
                        III.  DISCUSSION

     3.   Section  76.605(a)(12)  of  the  Rules  requires  cable 
operators to limit signal leakage  in the frequency band from  54 
MHz up to and  including 216 MHz  to 20 V/m at  a distance of  3 
meters.  On October 30,  2002, STC exceeded  this limit at  seven 
locations on  its  system in  Cornersville,  Tennessee.   Section 
76.611(a)(1) of the Rules requires  cable operators to limit  the 
CLI to a value at or below 64.  On October 30, 2002, STC's  cable 
system in Cornersville,  Tennessee operated with  a CLI value  of 
68.7.

     4.   Based on  the  evidence  before us,  we  find  that  on 
October  30,  2002,  Small  Town  Communications  Partners  I  LP 
willfully4 and repeatedly5 violated Section 76.605(a)(12) of  the 
Rules, and willfully violated Section 76.611(a)(1) of the Rules.

     5.   Pursuant to Section 1.80(b)(4)  of the Rules, the  base 
forfeiture amount  for the  violations cited  in this  notice  is 
$8,000 (violation  of  rules  relating  to  distress  and  safety 
frequencies).6  Section 503(b)(2)(D) of the Communications Act of 
1934, as  amended (``Act''),  requires us  to take  into  account 
``... the  nature,  circumstances,  extent, and  gravity  of  the 
violation, and  with  respect  to the  violator,  the  degree  of 
culpability, any history of prior  offenses, ability to pay,  and 
other such matters  as justice may  require.''7  Considering  the 
entire record and the factors listed above, this case warrants an 
$8,000 forfeiture.

                      IV.  ORDERING CLAUSES

     6.   Accordingly, IT IS  ORDERED THAT,  pursuant to  Section 
503(b) of the  Act8 and  Sections 0.111,  0.311 and  1.80 of  the 
Rules,9  Small  Town  Communications  Partners  I  LP  is  hereby 
NOTIFIED of its APPARENT LIABILITY FOR A FORFEITURE in the amount 
of eight  thousand  dollars  ($8,000) for  willful  and  repeated 
violation of  Section  76.605(a)(12)  of the  Rules  and  willful 
violation of Section 76.611(a)(1) of the Rules.

     7.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT, pursuant to Section 1.80 of 
the Commission's Rules, within thirty days of the release date of 
this NAL, Small Town Communications Partners I LP  SHALL PAY  the 
full amount of the  proposed forfeiture or  SHALL FILE a  written 
statement seeking  reduction  or  cancellation  of  the  proposed 
forfeiture.

     8.   Payment of  the forfeiture  may be  made by  mailing  a 
check or similar instrument, payable to the order of the  Federal 
Communications Commission, to the Forfeiture Collection  Section, 
Finance  Branch,  Federal  Communications  Commission,  P.O.  Box 
73482, Chicago, Illinois  60673-7482.  The  payment MUST  INCLUDE 
the NAL/Acct. No.  and FRN  referenced in  the letterhead  above.  
Requests for payment  of the  full amount  of this  NAL under  an 
installment  plan  should   be  sent  to:   Chief,  Revenue   and 
Receivables Operations Group, 445 12th Street, S.W.,  Washington, 
D.C. 20554.10

     9.   The  response,  if  any,  must  be  mailed  to  Federal 
Communications Commission,  Office  of the  Secretary,  445  12th 
Street, SW,  Washington,  DC  20554,  Attn:  Enforcement  Bureau-
Technical  &  Public  Safety  Division,  and  MUST  INCLUDE   THE 
NAL/Acct. No. and FRN referenced in the letterhead above.

     10.  The Commission will not consider reducing or  canceling 
a forfeiture in response  to a claim of  inability to pay  unless 
the petitioner  submits: (1)  federal tax  returns for  the  most 
recent  three-year  period;  (2)  financial  statements  prepared 
according to generally accepted accounting practices  (``GAAP''); 
or (3)  some  other  reliable and  objective  documentation  that 
accurately reflects  the petitioner's  current financial  status.  
Any claim  of inability  to pay  must specifically  identify  the 
basis for the claim by  reference to the financial  documentation 
submitted.

     11.  Under the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of  2002, 
Pub L. No.  107-198, 116 Stat.  729 (June 28,  2002), the FCC  is 
engaged in  a two-year  tracking process  regarding the  size  of 
entities involved  in forfeitures.   If you  qualify as  a  small 
entity and  if you  wish to  be  treated as  a small  entity  for 
tracking purposes, please  so certify  to us  within thirty  (30) 
days of this  NAL, either in  your response  to the NAL  or in  a 
separate filing to  be sent  to the Technical  and Public  Safety 
Division.   Your  certification  should  indicate  whether   you, 
including your parent  entity and its  subsidiaries, meet one  of 
the definitions  set forth  in  the list  provided by  the  FCC's 
Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) set  forth 
in Attachment  A  of this  Notice  of Apparent  Liability.   This 
information will  be  used  for  tracking  purposes  only.   Your 
response or  failure to  respond to  this question  will have  no 
effect on your  rights and responsibilities  pursuant to  Section 
503(b)  of  the  Communications  Act.   If  you  have   questions 
regarding any  of  the  information contained  in  Attachment  A, 
please contact OCBO at (202) 418-0990.

     12.  IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT a copy of this NAL shall  be 
sent by regular mail and Certified Mail Return Receipt  Requested 
to Small Town  Communications Partners I  LP, 225 Highland  Villa 
Circle, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. 


                              FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
                         


                              Fred L. Broce
                              District Director
                              Atlanta Office, Enforcement Bureau

Attachments                        
Small Town Communications Partners I LP                     NAL 
Acct. No. 200232480013


                          ATTACHMENT B



FIELD STRENGTH MEASUREMENTS OF SMALL TOWN COMMUNICATIONS PARTNERS 
I LP, CORNERSVILLE, TN

MEASUREMENT DATE:  OCTOBER 30, 2002          FREQUENCY:  121.2625 
MHZ



     Measurement Location  -               Leakage Field 
     Cornersville, Tennessee               Strength, V/m
1    Pole #3  just west of intersection of 
     Ostella Road. & Hatchell Hollow Road                          
     next to 109 Ostella Road              270
2    Pole #4  across street from 109                               
     Ostella Road                          779
3    Pole #5 across street from 109                              
     Ostella Road                          2080
4    Pole at street between 109 and 111                          
     Ostella Road                          1449
5    Pole between properties 109 and 111                           
     Ostella Road                          520
6    Pole across street from 111 Ostella                           
     Road                                  255
7    Pole on Main Street just west of                              
     Valley View Ave. at creek             286

_________________________

1 47 C.F.R.  76.605(a)(12).
2 47 C.F.R.  76.611(a)(1).
3 The calculated CLI included only leaks greater than 50 V/m, 
included leaks found in only 20 miles or 80% of the system 
inspected, and assumed no leaks in the 20% of the system not 
checked.
4 Section 312(f)(1) of the Act, 47 U.S.C.  312(f)(1), which 
applies equally to Section 503(b) of the Act, provides that 
``[t]he term `willful,' when used with reference to the 
commission or omission of any act, means the conscious and 
deliberate commission or omission of such act, irrespective of 
any intent to violate any provision of this Act ....''  See 
Southern California Broadcasting Co., 6 FCC Rcd 4387 (1991).
5 The term ``repeated,'' when used with reference to the 
commission or omission of any act, ``means the commission or 
omission of such act more than once or, if such commission or 
omission is continuous, for more than one day.''  47 U.S.C.  
312(f)(2).
6 47 C.F.R.  1.80(b)(4).
7 47 U.S.C.  503 (b)(2)(D).
8 47 U.S.C.  503(b).
9 47 C.F.R.  0.111, 0.311, 1.80.
10 See 47 C.F.R.  1.1914.