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Most news about FCC actions against free radio begins as rumors. The Enforcement Action Database is an attempt to separate fact from fiction. It's also a study-in-progress of the FCC's patterns of enforcement.

Information in this kind of thing is traditionally sketchy; if you can fill any holes or have updated information, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Database Overview

Year-specific data - choose from one of the following years for data summaries and tables:

1997 1998 1999 2000            
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017


Total Enforcement Actions in Database: 4,328

Raids: 143
Visits: 2,005
Arrests/Convictions: 37
Postal Contacts: 1,596
Seizures: 146
Unknown Actions: 5
NALs:
187 for $2,538,400
Fines: 158 for $1,961,344
Avg. Fine per Action: $453

Active States:

 

Florida (1,070)

Louisiana (14)
New York (1,041) New Hampshire (14)
New Jersey (430) Rhode Island (14)
California (379) Idaho (12)
Massachusetts (257) Minnesota (12)
Pennsylvania (103) Kentucky (11)
Washington (100) Nevada (11)
Texas (97) Nebraska (10)
Michigan (80) Kansas (9)
Connecticut (67) Alaska (8)
Oregon (67) North Carolina (8)
Colorado (65) South Dakota (8)
Other U.S. Territories (59) Utah (8)
Ohio (48) Wyoming (8)
Illinois (33) Delaware (7)
Georgia (32) Montana (7)
Wisconsin (29) Vermont (7)
Arizona (28) West Virginia (7)
Maryland (22) Maine (6)
Oklahoma (20) Hawaii (5)
Iowa (19) Missouri (5)
Tennessee (18) North Dakota (3)
New Mexico (17) Arkansas (2)
Virginia (17) South Carolina (2)
Alabama (14) District of Columbia (1)
Indiana (14)


Enforcement actions by month