Rural Fire Department’s FCC License Reinstated
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | Comments

The license for station call sign WQJL499, held by the Fairmont (North Carolina) Rural Fire Department expired Oct. 22, 2018. On the same date, the commission received an application from Fairmont to renew the license.

The FCC dismissed that renewal application because Fairmont answered “no” in response to question No. 6 on the application form: “Is the Applicant exempt from FCC application fees?” Fairmont should have answered “yes” because, as a public safety licensee, Fairmont was exempt from paying an application fee. Because of the “no” response, the FCC dismissed the renewal application because there was no record of Fairmont’s paying an application fee.

In November, the FCC received a revised renewal application from Fairmont, in which Fairmont requested reinstatement of its license. The commission found that Fairmont’s error in responding to the filing fee question was not so serious as to merit refusal to reinstate its license and reinstated and renewed the license.

The full order is here.

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