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

In the Matter of                   )     File Number EB-02-KC-638
Crown Castle GT Company LLC        )                                  
Owner of Antenna Structure         ) NAL/Acct. No. 200232560029 
#1008517 near                      )
 Wilton, Iowa                      )             FRN 0005-7936-82
Canonsburg, PA


                                Released:  August 27, 2002

By the Enforcement Bureau, Kansas City Office:

                        I.  INTRODUCTION

     1.   In this  Notice of  Apparent Liability  for  Forfeiture 
(``NAL''), we find Crown Castle GT Company LLC, owner of  antenna 
structure #1008517,  apparently liable  for a  forfeiture in  the 
amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for willful violation of 
Section   17.50   of   the   Commission's   Rules   (``Rules'').1  
Specifically, we  find Crown  Castle  GT Company  LLC  apparently 
liable for failure to clean and repaint its antenna structure  to 
maintain good visibility.

                         II.  BACKGROUND

     2.   On July  29, 2002,  the antenna  structure bearing  FCC 
antenna  structure  registration  (``ASR'')  number  1008517  and 
located near  Wilton,  Iowa was  inspected  by an  agent  of  the 
Commission's Kansas City Field  Office (``Kansas City  Office'').  
At the time of inspection, the structure's aviation orange  paint 
was extremely  faded and  black  cabling on  the outside  of  the 
structure covered the painted metal tower reducing visibility  of 
the  structure.   The  Commission's  ASR  database  showed   this 
structure is owned and registered to Crown Castle GT Company LLC.

                        III.  DISCUSSION

     3.   Crown  Castle  GT   Company  LLC's  antenna   structure 
registration #1008517 specifies  lighting and  painting for  this 
structure  that  includes  requirements  that  the  structure  be 
painted  with  alternating  aviation  orange  and  white   bands.  
Section 17.50 of the Rules  requires antenna structure owners  to 
clean or  repaint the  structure as  necessary to  maintain  good 
visibility.  On  July  29,  2002, Crown  Castle  GT  Company  LLC 
antenna structure #1008517  had extremely  faded aviation  orange 
paint as well as  black cabling on the  tower face obscuring  the 
structure's paint and  causing the structure  to have an  overall 
dark appearance.   As  a result  of  the faded  paint  and  black 
cabling, the structure was not clearly visible.

     4.   Based on the evidence before  us, we find Crown  Castle 
GT Company LLC willfully2 violated Section 17.50 of the Rules  by 
failing to repaint the antenna  structure in accordance with  the 
painting specifications  associated  with its  antenna  structure 

     5.   Pursuant to Section 1.80(b)(4) of the Rules,3 the  base 
forfeiture amount  for  failure  to  repaint  this  structure  is 
$10,000.  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  Communications  Act  of  1934,  as  amended 
(``Act''), which include 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.4  Considering 
the entire record  and applying  the factors  listed above,  this 
case warrants a $10,000 forfeiture.

                      IV.  ORDERING CLAUSES

     6.   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 
Rules,6 Crown Castle GT  Company LLC is  hereby NOTIFIED of  this 
APPARENT LIABILITY FOR A FORFEITURE in the amount of ten thousand 
dollars ($10,000) for willful violation  of Section 17.50 of  the 
Rules by failing to  clean and repaint  its antenna structure  to 
maintain good visibility.

     7.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT, pursuant to Section 1.80 of 
the Rules, within thirty  days of the release  date of this  NAL, 
Crown Castle GT  Company LLC  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 should note the 
NAL/Acct. No. and FRN referenced 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. 20554.7

     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. referenced 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 

     11.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT a copy of this NAL shall be 
sent by regular mail and Certified Mail Return Receipt  Requested 
to Crown Castle GT Company LLC, 2000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, 
PA,  15317.   


                         Robert C. McKinney
                         District   Director,   Kansas    Office, 
Enforcement Bureau

1 47 C.F.R.  17.50

2 Section 312(f)(1) of the Act, 47 U.S.C.  312(f)(1), which 
applies to violations for which forfeitures are assessed under 
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 4387-88 (1991).

3 47 C.F.R.  1.80(b)(4).

4 47 U.S.C.  503(b)(2)(D).

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

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

7 See 47 C.F.R.  1.1914.