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Media Contact: 
Office of Media Relations, (202) 418-0500
For Immediate Release
FCC Gets Lead From Tweet About Illegal Broadcast on NYPD Frequency
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2017 – The Federal Communications Commission has proposed to 
fine a New York City resident for apparently operating a radio transmitter on frequencies that the 
Commission has licensed to the New York Police Department (NYPD), causing interference with 
the NYPD’s radio system. The individual, Mr. Jay Peralta, faces a proposed fine of $404,166 for 
this egregious conduct.
Mr. Peralta allegedly transmitted threatening messages directed at NYPD officers.  These 
messages included false bomb threats and false officer-in-distress calls to NYPD dispatchers.  
The Commission takes very seriously the unauthorized use of the radio systems used by first 
responders, as it can cause interference and may significantly harm the public by impairing the 
ability of legitimate users to communicate.
Today’s action is a result of an investigation that began in August 2016 when a Commission 
employee observed a Twitter post about an unlawful intrusion on the NYPD’s radio system. The 
NYPD provided the FCC with a written statement by Mr. Peralta, who is currently in police 
custody for related charges, in which he apparently acknowledged making nine unauthorized 
transmissions on the NYPD’s radio system. 
The proposed fine details the Commission’s allegations of unlawful conduct and proposes the 
maximum monetary penalty permitted under the law. As with any proposed fine, Mr. Peralta has 
30 days to respond to this notice. According to his statement to the NYPD, on at least one 
occasion, Mr. Peralta apparently made unauthorized transmissions on the NYPD’s radio system 
in order to distract officers while his accomplices allegedly committed a robbery.
The FCC is tasked with overseeing use of the nation’s radio frequency spectrum and issues
licenses under which entities such as broadcasters, public safety agencies, and wireless phone and 
data networks operate.  The NYPD is a licensed user of multiple radio frequencies in the New 
York City area.
A copy of today’s proposed fine, formally known as a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture 
(NAL), is available at:
Action by the Commission April 13, 2017 by Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (FCC 
17-35).  Chairman Pai, Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly approving.  Chairman Pai issuing a 
separate statement. 
Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500
TTY: (888) 835-5322
Twitter: @FCC
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action.  Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes 
official action.  See MCI v. FCC, 515 F. 2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).