Dutch Communications Agency Cracks Down On Pirate Stations; Can Go From 'Warning' To 'Fine' In 30 Minutes
from the sorry,-lenscrafters,-time-to-step-up-your-game dept
In response, pirates have been setting up stations using collapsible antennas (some reaching as high as 40 meters) in order to shift venues, as it were, should The Man suddenly appear. In response to the pirates' response, the Radio Communications Agency has expedited its processes to the point that it can now make this amazing/perhaps unbelievable claim:
The illegal broadcasters could be fined 2,500 euros just half an hour after receiving a warning letter.Without any further details forthcoming, it's hard to imagine how this works. Here in the U.S., it can take months for the FCC to hand down a judgment and fine offending pirate radio stations. Officials in the Netherlands have been able to push their turnaround time down from several weeks over the past several months, and they've got a smaller area to police, but a half hour?
If it can trim it to a half hour between the arrival of the warning letter and the fine, wouldn't it just be easier to include the paperwork for the fine in the same envelope? Or is someone trailing the mail carrier with his or her fingers poised on the speed dial for the local enforcement team? The mind boggles. (And by "boggles," I mean "tends not to believe.") Or maybe it's some sort of EULA ("By reading this letter, you agree to be fined directly for illegal broadcasting...) wrapped in a Mission Impossible-esque self-destruction device, only instead of self-destruction, your warning letter morphs into a bill for $2,500 Euros.
No matter the delivery method, it's a bold claim, one equaled only by Domino's Pizza's long-remembered (but oft-violated) slogan of "30 minutes or it's free." Unfortunately for the pirates, there's nothing free about this offer.