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   March 26, 2009

   Mr. Randall Pugh, President/CEO

   Jackson EMC

   PO Box 38

   Jefferson, GA 30549

   Re: EB-09-GB-0009

   Mr. Pugh:

   The Federal Communications Commission notified you by letter dated June
   27, 2006, that it had received complaints of harmful radio interference
   possibly caused by power line equipment maintained by your company. The
   interference was reported by:

   (name withheld)

   (address withheld)

   Suwannee, GA 30024

   Cell Phone: (withheld)

   Email: (withheld)

   In that letter, you were advised that this problem, if unresolved, could
   be a violation of Commission rules and could possibly result in a monetary
   forfeiture. For this reason, we encouraged the parties involved to
   voluntarily resolve the matter without Commission intervention. The letter
   further stated, however, that should it become necessary for the
   Commission to facilitate a resolution, the Commission might investigate
   possible rule violations and address appropriate remedies, including
   monetary forfeitures.

   On August 7, 2006, you responded to the letter indicating that you had
   invested in several pieces of specialized interference locating equipment
   and that you were attempting to locate the sources of reported
   interference. You further stated that you were making concerted efforts to
   work with Mr. Pelham to find the possible sources of interference and
   would continue to do so going forward. The record further demonstrates
   that multiple contacts were made between 2006 and 2007 between Mr. Pelham
   and a representative of Jackson EMC (Mr. Mike Brooks) in an ongoing effort
   to find and resolve the problems.

   On December 30, 2006, the licensee presented to the Commission and Jackson
   EMC, a report from a Mr. Dean Fredriksen, a practicing RF design engineer
   with 28 years experience. Mr. Fredriksen visited Mr. Pelham's station to
   review and evaluate the alleged RF interference. In his report, Mr.
   Fredriksen states that "interference was strong, and occurred on a broad
   spectrum ranging from the lowest amateur band frequency we measured (7
   MHz) to the highest (144 MHz)." He further noted that the interference has
   the typical characteristics of power line noise.

   On May 14, 2007, agents from the Commission's Atlanta field office
   conducted a field inspection. They met with representatives of Jackson EMC
   and Georgia Power (the other utility company involved in the interference
   complaint). During the course of that field inspection, several sources of
   interference were located. Some of those sources were fixed immediately,
   but in several instances, the representatives of both Jackson EMC and
   Georgia Power indicated that they would have to return at a later date to
   correct the problem. The field agents noted that the power companies were
   to return, indicated that the companies had indicated their intent to
   continue to work with the complainant going forward, and advised the
   complainant to continue to contact the utility companies as problems
   arose. During the latter part of 2007 and into 2008, the licensee
   continued to experience interference and continued to contact Jackson EMC
   to correct the problems.

   In November of 2008, the ARRL sent out a representative for an on-site
   investigation into the continuing problem. The ARRL representative used
   Radar Engineers noise-location equipment and located four (4) sources of
   noise within a one hour time period. The four (4) sources of noise are as

   sB Jackson EMC Pole #P5858: The pole is located directly across the street
   from the complainant's driveway. The beam heading is SE from his station.

   sB Jackson EMC Pole #66490: The pole is located approximately 100 feet
   south of Bend Creek Trail on Suwannee Creek Road. The beam heading is SE
   from the complainant's station.

   sB Georgia Power Pole (no number available): The pole is located
   approximately 1000 feet north of Bend Creek Trail on Suwannee Creek Road.
   It is right next to a brick house mailbox, house number 3515. The heading
   from the complainant's station is NW.

   sB Georgia Power Pole #F7245: The pole is located directly across the
   street from the Georgia Power Pole referenced above. Its heading from the
   complainant's station is W-NW.

   Given the fact this case has been ongoing for quite some time without
   resolution and Jackson EMC has had ample time to 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
   two (2) instances of interference listed above that are reported as being
   caused by Jackson EMC equipment.

   Likewise, given the fact that the field investigation by the ARRL
   representative took place under severe time constraints and cannot be
   considered comprehensive, you are further directed to provide to the
   undersigned within 60 days of receipt of this letter a written report as
   to what steps Jackson EMC has undertaken to locate and identify additional
   sources of interference and what steps Jackson EMC intends to take to
   correct Mr. Pelham's radio frequency interference. Should the remaining
   interference problems not be resolved within those 60 days, Jackson EMC
   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.

   If you have any questions about this matter, please contact me at


   Laura L. Smith

   Special Counsel

   Cc: Atlanta Field Office

   South Central Regional Director

   A copy of that letter is enclosed for your convenience.

   A copy of Mr. Fredriksen's report is enclosed for your convenience.

   The equipment used during this investigation was: a Radar Engineers Model
   240A HF-UHF RFI locator and a Radar Engineers 390-415 Antenna.