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

In the Matter of                )
Nextel Communications, Inc.     )           File No. EB-00-OR-044
Reston, Virginia                )           NAL/Acct.No. X3262007


                                         Released: April 26, 2000

By the Enforcement Bureau, New Orleans Office:

                        I.  INTRODUCTION

     1.   In this Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, we 
find that Nextel Communication, Inc., apparently violated Section 
301 of the Communications Act of 1934 (``Act''), as amended,1  by 
operating  an   unlicensed  radio   station  without   Commission 
authorization.  We conclude that  Nextel Communication, Inc.,  is 
apparently liable for a forfeiture in the amount of ten  thousand 
dollars ($10,000).

                         II.  BACKGROUND
     2.   On March 13, 2000, the Commission received a  telephone 

complaint from a radio service company representing the Jefferson 

Parish Fire Department.  The complainant reported that there  was 

a digitally modulated signal on the fire department's  frequency, 

853.6375   MHz,   that   was   causing   interference   to   fire 

communications.  Commission records indicated that the  Jefferson 

Parish Fire Department, licensed as the Parish of Jefferson,  was 

the only authorized user in the local area. 

     3.   Still on March  13, 2000, a  Commission agent, using  a 

mobile digital  direction  finding (``MDDF'')  vehicle,  observed 

these digital radio  transmissions and determined  the origin  of 

these signals to be an antenna on a tower located at 2438  Helena 

Street, Kenner, Louisiana.  There was no evidence of a Commission 

authorization for  a transmitter  operated on  this frequency  at 

this location.  Commission records indicated that the only  other 

licensee in the State of Louisiana was Nextel Communications with 

12 sites in other  locations within the  state.  Since the  tower 

owner stated that Nextel had transmitting equipment at this site, 

the agent contacted Nextel's local frequency manager to determine 

if they were responsible for these transmissions.  After checking 

their  records,  Nextel   admitted  that   they  had   mistakenly 

programmed  the  wrong  frequency  into  a  transmitter  at  this 

location  and  that  Nextel  had  no  authorization  to  use  the 

frequency 853.6375 MHz in Kenner, Louisiana.

                        III.  DISCUSSION

     4.   Section 301 of  the Act  sets forth  generally that  no 

person shall use or operate any apparatus for the transmission of 

energy of communications  or signals by  radio within the  United 

States except under  and in accordance  with the Act  and with  a 


     5.   Based on the evidence before us, we find that on  March 

13,  2000,  Nextel  Communications,  Inc.,  willfully3   violated 

Section 301 of the Act by operating radio transmission  apparatus 

without a Commission authorization.

     6.   Pursuant  to   The   Commission's   Forfeiture   Policy 

Statement  and  Amendment  of  Section  1.80  of  the  Rules   to 

Incorporate the Forfeiture Guidelines,  12 FCC Rcd 17087  (1997), 

recon.  denied,  15  FCC  Rcd  303  (1999)  (``Forfeiture  Policy 

Statement''),  the  base   forfeiture  amount   is  $10,000   for 

unlicensed  operation.  In  assessing  the  monetary   forfeiture 

amount, we must also take into account the statutory factors  set 

forth in  Section  503(b)(2)(D) of  the  Act, which  include  the 

nature, circumstances, extent, and  gravity of the  violation(s), 

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.4  Nextel Communications'  violation  was 

willful, and resulted in interference to a public safety  entity.  

Nextel Communications,  as a  Commission licensee,  should  fully 

understand the requirements of the Act.  Applying the  Forfeiture 

Policy Statement and  statutory factors  to the  instant case,  a  

$10,000 forfeiture is warranted.

                      IV.  ORDERING CLAUSES

     7.   Accordingly, IT IS  ORDERED THAT,  pursuant to  Section 

503(b) of the  Act,5 and Sections  0.111, 0.311 and  1.80 of  the 

Commission's  Rules,6  Nextel  Communications,  Inc.,  is  hereby 


amount of ten  thousand dollars ($10,000)  for violating  Section 

301 of the Act7.

     8.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT, pursuant to Section 1.80 of 
the Commission's Rules,8 within thirty  days of the release  date 
of this  NOTICE  OF APPARENT  LIABILITY,  Nextel  Communications, 
Inc., SHALL PAY  the full  amount of the  proposed forfeiture  or 
SHALL FILE a written statement seeking reduction or  cancellation 
of the proposed forfeiture.

     9.   Payment of the  forfeiture may be  made by credit  card 
through the  Commission's Credit  and Debt  Management Center  at 
(202) 418-1995  or  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 should note the NAL/Acct. No. X3262007

     10.  The response if  any must  be mailed to  Office of  the 
Secretary, Federal  Communications Commission,  445 12th  Street, 
S.W., Washington, D.C.  20554, ATTN: Enforcement  Bureau -  TPSD, 
NAL/Acct. No.  X3262007,  and  must  include  the  NAL/Acct.  No. 

     11.  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; 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.

     12.  Requests for payment of the full amount of this  Notice 
of Apparent Liability  under an installment  plan should be  sent 
to: Chief, Credit  and Debt Management  Center, 445 12th  Street, 
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.9

     13.   IT IS FURTHER  ORDERED THAT a copy  of this NOTICE  OF 
APPARENT LIABILITY shall be sent by Certified Mail Return Receipt 
Requested to  Nextel  Communications, Inc.,  2001  Edmund  Halley 
Drive, Reston, VA  20191.


                         James C. Hawkins
                         District Director,  New Orleans  Office, 
Enforcement Bureau

1 47 U.S.C.  301.

2 47 U.S.C.  301

3 Section 312(f)(1) of the Act, 47 U.S.C.  312(f)(1), which 
applies 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).

4 47 U.S.C.  503(b)(2)(D).  See also Forfeiture Policy 
Statement, 12 FCC Rcd at 17100-01 (discussion of upward and 
downward adjustment factors).

5 47 U.S.C.  503(b).

6 47 C.F.R.  0.111, 0.311, 1.80.

7 47 U.S.C.  301

8 47 C.F.R.  1.80.

9 See 47 C.F.R.  1.1914.