Tesla Agrees to Pay $50,000 Penalty for Public-Safety Interference
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | Comments

The FCC entered into a consent decree to resolve an investigation into whether Tesla Exploration violated the commission’s rules by operating radio transmitting equipment on 11 unauthorized frequencies. Tesla admitted that its unauthorized operations violated the commission’s rules, and the company will implement a comprehensive compliance plan and pay a $50,000 civil penalty.

In response to a complaint of interference to a police dispatch center, FCC agents determined that the interference was caused by a multisite, multifrequency, geosurveying project conducted by Tesla. During the investigation, the agents determined that Tesla operated on 11 unauthorized frequencies.

The FCC said the public interest was best served by adopting the consent decree and resolving the notice of apparent liability for forfeiture against Tesla regarding its compliance with its station operation obligations under Section 301 of the Communications Act, as amended (Act) and Section 1.903(a) of the FCC’s rules.

The full consent decree is here.

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