As 2017 closed in the Dominican Republic, INDOTEL, Dominican Republic's license authority, released their *state of the country* press release regarding pirate radio activity and their closing success rate. In May of 2017, in one sting operation, they closed four FM's within a one week span. Excerpted and translated from Spanish from their press release regarding that sting operation, they said:

"The inspectors of the institution, accompanied by members of the Public Ministry, intervened and closed stations 93.5 FM, owned by Rafael Vaudelio Espinal, located on Las Carreras Avenue, San Luis corner of Santiago and 102.9 FM (La Janiquera), of Jánico, Indotel reported in a statement. Also, 90.7 FM (Jesús y María), on Calle Ramón Domingo Suárez in San José de Las Matas, and 85.5 FM (Liceydiana), which operated on the Duarte 81, on the second level of the Yordi Comercial building, of the municipality of Licey."

The general supervisor of the Indotel Security Unit, Wendy Joaquín Arias Vásquez, colonel paratrooper of the Air Force, reported that in the operation in which he also participated, a team of engineers from the Technical Management, the Inspection Department and representatives of the public ministry, seized transmission equipment and hundreds of feet of cable. Likewise, radio studio-to-transmitter links, consoles, exciters, microphones, audio compressors, amplifiers, transmitting antennas and several feet of transmission line were seized.

Regarding the progress of closing several pirate FM stations during 2017, were these comments:

For its part, the president of the regulatory body, José Del Castillo, announced that it will close 70 stations identified that operate illegally in different areas of the country, "regardless of who owns them." He said that the operation of these stations "affects the transmission of those who comply with the regulation, who have their concession, who pay their taxes, while the illegal ones depredate the market of what informality implies in commercial terms."

Indotel has the responsibility to "enforce the law. If we turn a blind eye or do not guarantee compliance, we compromise part of the good name or the assessment of a management and, in addition, there is a personal responsibility in criminal and patrimonial terms of the public official ", he emphasized. Del Castillo regretted that the process is "slow and difficult, since judicial authorization is required to seize the equipment in each case." He specified that "in each jurisdiction we have to coordinate with the Public Ministry so that a judge issues a seizure order. That did not make us faint, in October we began the procedural steps and already in November is that we are able to close five stations in Bonao, we made this first shot," he said. He indicated that in Santiago "there is a very difficult situation" because "these illicit proliferate where there are more businesses, in urban centers and towns."

"We will not faint until we achieve the closure of the largest number of stations, until the clear message is sent that Indotel deserves respect from users, operators, until it is understood that the concessions granted by law you have to respect it," he said.