Summary: H.R.5709 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5709. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (05/08/2018)

Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act or the PIRATE Act

This bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to address unlawful radio broadcasting (called "pirating"), including:

  • making the fine for a pirate radio broadcasting violation up to $100,000 per day (Currently, there is a general penalty of up to $10,000 for any wire and radio communications law violation.);
  • establishing a fine of up to $2,000,000 for any person who facilitates pirate radio broadcasting ("facilitating" includes providing access to property or providing physical goods or services); and
  • requiring the Federal Communications Commission to focus on the top five radio markets twice a year to eliminate pirate radio broadcasting.