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   August 21, 2009

   Mr. Grady E. Kidwell, President

   Fannin County Electric Cooperative, Inc.

   (address withheld)

   Bonham, TX 75418-0250

   Re: EB-09-GB-0240

   Dear Mr. Kidwell:

   On February 22, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission notified
   Fannin County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Fannin) that it had received
   complaints from (name withheld) that equipment operated by your utility
   might be causing harmful radio interference to his amateur radio
   equipment. (Name withheld)'s contact information is as follows:

   (Name withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   Windom, Texas 75492

   Tel: (number withheld)

   The February 22, 2006 letter advised Fannin that the interference, if
   unresolved, could be a violation of Commission rules. For this reason, we
   encouraged Fannin 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 January 26, 2007, the
   Commission sent a second letter noting that while Fannin had made some
   efforts to make repairs, (name withheld) had reported that the radio
   interference problem had not been corrected. In July of 2007, Fannin
   contacted the Commission and indicated that they had made repairs and not
   received any further complaints from (name withheld).

   We recognize that as of July of 2007, Fannin had believed the matter to be
   resolved. (Name withheld), however, has advised the Commission that the
   problem has returned and is seeking further assistance from Fannin in
   resolving this matter. The Commission prefers that those responsible for
   the proper operation of power lines assume their responsibilities fairly.
   This means that your utility company should again locate the source of
   this new interference caused by its equipment and make necessary
   corrections within a reasonable time.

   We note that quite often in preparing a response to these letters, a
   utility will indicate that they have spent countless hours locating and
   correcting "noise" in and around the residence of the amateur.
   Unfortunately, those sources of "noise" are not the noise that is causing
   interference to the amateur. It is not the Commission's intent that the
   utility should correct all sources of "noise" in and around the amateur's
   residence; rather, it is our intent that you locate and eliminate the
   specific noise causing radio frequency interference to (name withheld). In
   order to correctly identify and then eliminate the source of (name
   withheld)'s specific radio interference, staff from Fannin will need to
   visit (name withheld)'s residence and listen to the noise on his amateur
   equipment. Once your staff has heard (name withheld)'s specific "noise,"
   they will be better equipped to locate and correct the specific source of
   his radio interference.

   In order to avoid enforcement action on this matter, you have sixty (60)
   days from the date of receipt of this warning to respond to this office at
   the following address: 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. The
   response must contain a statement of when you visited (name withheld)'s
   residence and after that visit, the specific action(s) taken to identify
   and eliminate the source(s) of (name withheld)'s radio interference. If
   you have any questions about this matter, please contact me at


   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.