• FCC Investigating Unlawful Tower Transactions
  • August 3, 2017 | Author: Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • The FCC is investigating Aura Holdings, a Wisconsin telecommunications contractor, for incorrectly changing the ownership of over 40 towers in the FCC’s tower registration database to reflect their company name. William M. Nix, the President of Aura, had been communicating with the Commission, committing to repair obstruction lighting on towers over 1,100 feet on more than one occasion. In each instance, Nix assured the Commission he would correct the lighting issues but never took any action to do so. A change of ownership occurs when a party logs in under their FCC Registration Number (FRN) and submits a form stating that they are the new owner. The prior owner does not need to approve the ownership change, and, while they are supposed to receive a notification, two of the owners in this situation did not receive any correspondence indicating a change had been made. The FCC confirmed it will send a Letter of Inquiry to Aura Holdings, but has not commented on any further actions that may be taken. For more information, please contact Wes Wright ([email protected]; 202.434.4239).