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Radio equipment seized from 3 illegal stations in Boston area

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Radio equipment was seized from three illegal stations in the Boston area.

Warrants were unsealed that detail the seizure of radio transmission equipment used by three radio stations including 100.1 FM, broadcasting from Everett, Mattapan, and Brockton, with a studio in Dorchester; Touch 106.1 FM, broadcasting from Boston; and 88.7 FM, broadcasting from Brockton. It is alleged that all three pirate stations were operating without a license from the Federal Communications Commission. Because the equipment was allegedly used without a license, it was a violation of federal law.

The FCC sent several warnings to the stations, but they continued to broadcast. Actions were taken after several complaints were filed; including one from a licensed broadcaster saying that their radio signals were interrupted.

"As prosecutors we work in conjunction with the FCC's Enforcement Bureau to identify violators of federal communications law," said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz in a recent release. "It is a public safety hazard for illegal radio stations to broadcast, potentially interfering with critical radio communications."

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