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Federal Communications Commission
Before the
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Caroline K. Smith ) File No.:  EB-FIELDSCR-17-00025525
ASR # 1261197 )
Channing, Texas )
Released:  December 14, 2017
By the Regional Director, Region Two, Enforcement Bureau:
1. This is a Notice of Violation (Notice) issued pursuant to Section 1.89 of the rules of the 
Federal Communications Commission (FCC’s or Commission’s) 
 to Caroline K. Smith (Smith), owner 
of an antenna structure registered under Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) Number 1261197 in 
Channing, Texas.  Pursuant to Section 1.89(a) of the Commission’s rules, issuance of this NOV does not 
preclude the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) from further action if warranted, including 
issuing a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for the violation(s) noted herein.
2. On October 25 and 26, 2017, in response to a complaint, Agents from the Dallas Office 
(Dallas Office) of the Bureau and observed violations of the following rules:   
a. 47 CFR § 17.6. “The antenna structure owner is responsible for maintaining the 
painting and lighting in accordance with this part.”  At the time the Agents inspected 
the lights on October 25, 2017, which was after sunset and before dawn, the agents 
observed that the required nighttime obstruction lighting was not illuminated. 
b. 47 CFR § 17.47(a)(1),(2):  “The owner of any antenna structure which is registered 
with the Commission and has been assigned lighting specifications in this part [s]hall 
make an observation of the antenna structure's lights at least once each 24 hours 
either visually or by observing an automatic properly maintained indicator designed 
to register any failure of such lights, to insure that all such lights are functioning 
properly as required; or alternatively [s]hall provide and properly maintain an 
automatic alarm system designed to detect any failure of such lights and to provide 
indication of such failure to the owner.”  On October 25, 2017, one of the Agents 
 47 C.F.R. § 1.89.
 47 C.F.R. § 1.89(a).  
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contacted the contact representative in the ASR on file with the FCC.  A different 
person, Mr. Smith, returned the Agent’s call and said he was the antenna structure 
owner’s representative.  During a phone call with Mr. Smith on November 8, 2017, 
Mr. Smith stated that he was unaware of any tower lighting outages.  He also stated 
that he paid someone to monitor the tower lights, but since they were not performing 
their duties, he would replace the person with a remote monitoring system.  During 
the period of September 15, 2017 until November 8, 2017, there is no indication that 
the lighting on this tower was being observed as required.
c. 47 CFR § 17.48(a): “The owner of any antenna structure which is registered with the 
Commission and has been assigned lighting specifications referenced in this part 
[s]hall report immediately by telephone or telegraph to the nearest Flight Service 
Station or office of the Federal Aviation Administration any observed or otherwise 
known extinguishment or improper functioning of any top steady burning light or any 
flashing obstruction light, regardless of its position on the antenna structure, not 
corrected within 30 minutes.  Such reports shall set forth the condition of the light or 
lights, the circumstances which caused the failure, the probable date for restoration of 
service, the FCC Antenna Structure Registration Number, the height of the structure 
(AGL and AMSL if known) and the name, title, address, and telephone number of the 
person making the report.”  On November 9, 2017, Mr. Smith contacted the Federal 
Aviation Administration (FAA) to notify them of the lighting outage and to request 
that a Notice of Airman (NOTAM) be issued.  The FAA issued a NOTAM.  At the 
time of the inspection, neither the antenna structure owner nor her representative 
knew about the lighting outages nor had they reported the obstruction light outages to 
the FAA.
3. Pursuant to Section 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,
Section 1.89 of the Rules, we seek additional information concerning the violations and any remedial 
actions taken.  Therefore, Ms. Smith must submit a written statement concerning this matter within 
twenty (20) days of release of this Notice.  The response (i) must fully explain each violation, including 
all relevant surrounding facts and circumstances, (ii) must contain a statement of the specific action(s) 
taken to correct each violation and preclude recurrence, and (iii) must include a time line for completion 
of any pending corrective action(s).  The response must be complete in itself and must not be abbreviated 
by reference to other communications or answers to other notices.
4. In accordance with Section 1.16 of the Rules, we direct Ms. Smith to support her 
response to this Notice with an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, signed and dated by her 
or her authorized representative with personal knowledge of the representations provided in the response, 
verifying the truth and accuracy of the information therein,
 and confirming that all of the information 
 47 U.S.C. § 403.
 47 C.F.R. § 1.89(c).
 Section 1.16 of the Rules provides that “[a]ny document to be filed with the Federal Communications Commission 
and which is required by any law, rule or other regulation of the United States to be supported, evidenced, 
established or proved by a written sworn declaration, verification, certificate, statement, oath or affidavit by the 
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requested by this Notice which is in her possession, custody, control, or knowledge has been produced.  
To knowingly and willfully make any false statement or conceal any material fact in reply to this Notice 
is punishable by fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code.
5. All replies and documentation sent in response to this Notice should be marked with the 
File No. and NOV No. specified above, and mailed to the following address:
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Director - Region Two
P.O. Box 1493
Powder Springs, GA 30127
6. This Notice shall be sent to Caroline K. Smith at the address of record.  
7. The Privacy Act of 1974
 requires that we advise you that the Commission will use all 
relevant material information before it, including any information disclosed in your reply, to determine 
what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure compliance.  
Ronald Ramage
Director - Region Two
Enforcement Bureau
person making the same, may be supported, evidenced, established or proved by the unsworn declaration, 
certification, verification, or statement in writing of such person . . . .  Such declaration shall be subscribed by the 
declarant as true under penalty of perjury, and dated, in substantially the following form . . . :  ‘I declare (or certify, 
verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.  Executed on (date).  (Signature)’.”  
47 C.F.R. § 1.16.
 18 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. See also 47 C.F.R. § 1.17.
 P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3).