FCC Begins Proceeding on Whether to Revoke Metro Two-Way Licenses
Thursday, May 03, 2018 | Comments

The FCC commenced a hearing proceeding before the administrative law judge (ALJ) to determine whether Metro Two-Way is qualified to be and to remain an FCC licensee, whether any or all of its licenses should be revoked, and whether its pending application should be denied.

There are substantial and material questions of fact as to whether Metro repeatedly made misrepresentations to and lacked candor with the FCC in its submission of several applications in connection with various wireless radio service authorizations.

Metro is a California company that provides two-way radio service in Los Angeles County. Metro holds four licenses for private LMR (PLMR) stations in the Los Angeles area. The company applied for its first license with the FCC in 2014.

In 2014, Mobile Relay Associates (MRA) filed a petition against Metro’s 2014 application, alleging that the real party in interest was Acumen Communications, which had received multiple notices of violation from the commission’s Enforcement Bureau and was the subject of an Enforcement Bureau investigation. Metro filed an opposition, disputing MRA’s allegation that Acumen was the real party in interest in the application, and stating that “Metro was started and is controlled by Hector Mosquera.”

According to state documents, it appears Mosquera has controlled Metro since its submission of its first commission application in 2014. Mosquera also was an officer and the sole shareholder of Acumen.

MRA previously asserted that Mosquera had been convicted in March 1992 of possession for sale of a controlled substance and sentenced to serve two years in California State Prison. In its application, Acumen said no applicant or party had been convicted of a felony. Acumen’s licenses were revoked earlier this year.

Metro also indicated on its application that no party directly or indirectly controlling Metro had been convicted of a felony. The hearing will determine if Metro violated FCC rules.

The full hearing order is here.

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