RV Dealer is Alarmed by Visit from FCC Agent

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May 6, 2014 by   Comments Off on RV Dealer is Alarmed by Visit from FCC Agent

Ted Tatum’s not a spy or the head of a criminal organization. He just runs South Hill RV in Puyallup, Wash.

“We’re a family business.  I have kids, I have a wife.  I have a lot of people counting on me,” he said.

But, according to a report by KING5 TV, that didn’t keep an agent with enforcement bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from threatening Ted with a $100,000 fine and a year in jail for his burglar alarm.

“I’m feeling like I’m getting picked on, is what it’s feeling like, by the big guy,” Tatum said.

Tatum has owned the same burglar alarm for 14 years. But somehow it was sending a radio signal that interfered with a Verizon cell tower, says FCC spokesman Scott Charlston.

“So we pinpointed the problem in the alarm equipment at South Hill RV. And that was what was causing deterioration of voice calls in our network. So we were serious about taking some immediate action,” Charlston said.

Verizon spoke with South Hill RV and Tatum’s alarm company, My Alarm Center. They were told fix it or shut it down.

Tatum said that’s not an option, “I have over $3 million to $5 million in inventory any given week in RVs here. So we have to have an alarm system. Like I told the FCC officer I cannot turn my alarm system off. That is just not an option for me.”

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