The first FM pirate raided under the new Telecom Agency policy, has been fined . 'Club AA' from Gramsbergen was fined nearly € 10,000, reported the pirate site etherpiraten.com
Since 1 November the pirate no longer gets a warning. And so a pirate who is raided can expect a letter after a few weeks .
In a recent judgment, the court endorsed the new policy of Telecom Agency, so the chances of success for a pirate when challenging his fine is not very good.
Until a year and a half ago the popular pirate frequencies 97.0 and 94.5 MHz from the north eastern provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe had almost permanently ( 7 days a week , 24 hours a day) extremely powerful pirates on air, with huge heavy transmitters and towers which caused serious interference to the reception of legal Dutch and German stations.Powerful Twente pirates with high masts which used a frequency 97.0, meant the reception of the 3FM station Lopik ( 96.8 ) and that of Radio NL Zwolle ( 97.2 ) and the broadcast station in the German Nordhorn Deutschland, Radio Kultur on 97.1 were made completely unusable .
Now it has become clear that Radiocommunications Agency is serious this time it is virtually silent on the pirate front. Pirates teams with powerful FM transmitters and high masts, which until recently were on air, are nowhere to be seen.
If there a fixed transmitter, then the (minimal ) fine is € 2,500. When using mobile transmission equipment ( eg a mobile phone mast) the basic fine is € 5,000 .
The maximum fine that a pirate can get is € 45,000 .In the case of Club AA Gramsbergen the calculation of the fine was € 9,928. This pirate was raided on Saturday, November 9, so after the new policy Telecom Agency. Two and a half weeks later the letter with intention to impose the penalty was sent .
(Radio.nl translated into English by Google Translate)
Read the original in Dutch at http://radio.nl/785146/eerste-piratenboete-onder-nieuwe-beleid-bekend
See also: http://shortwavedx.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/dutch-telecom-agency-to-get-tough-with.html