The Senate Commerce Committee has passed the Senate version of the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement (PIRATE) Act (S. 1228). The vote was unanimous and sends the bill to a vote in the full Senate. The House version passed unanimously in February.
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said, "NAB thanks the Senate Commerce Committee for unanimously passing the PIRATE Act. The bill would better equip the FCC to combat pirate radio operations that interfere with legal broadcasts and pose a threat to air traffic control communications. We appreciate the leadership of Sens. Daines and Peters on this issue and strongly urge Senate passage of the PIRATE Act.”
The bill is intended to strengthen enforcement of anti-unlicensed operator laws and increase fines for violations.