On a related note, the FCC has proposed a maximum $144 K fine against a Miami pirate radio operator who's been on the Commission's radar since 2012. Knowing the FCC's penchant for reducing monetary penalties, I'd be willing to bet that the fine will eventually be reduced to something like $10-$20 K:
And I'll put $20 down that they never actually pay a cent.
CALL! According to this article, the FCC issued a $25,000 fine to the same pirate operator a year ago . . . which went unpaid, of course; along with the FCC warnings being ignored. I think the only surefire way for the FCC to shut down pirates is to obtain warrants to seize their transmitters and antennas. That's probably how Uncle Charlie finally shut down KXOL after the station continued broadcasting for nearly a year after their license was cancelled.