• FCC Establishes FY 2012 Regulatory Fees
  • August 10, 2012
  • Law Firm: Lerman Senter PLLC - Washington Office
  • The FCC is required by Congress to recover $339,884,000 in regulatory fees for fiscal year 2012.  To collect this amount, the FCC recently adopted the Schedule of Regulatory Fees for FY 2012 set forth in the table at the end of this memorandum.

    For broadcast licensees, as in the past, the regulatory fees are based on the population served by stations and the attributes of station facilities.  Fees are assessed for all licensed facilities and any construction permits granted on or before October 1, 2011.  (For low power, Class A and TV translator/booster stations that are in the process of transitioning to digital operation, only a single regulatory fee is assessed for stations operating both an analog channel and a simulcast digital companion channel.)  Regulatory fees are assessed for satellite space and earth stations or systems licensed and operational on or before October 1, 2011.  Government, noncommercial educational, and other non-profit entities are exempt from all regulatory fees.

    The FCC no longer sends pre-bills to licensees.  All fee information can be found on Fee Filer, the FCC’s electronic filing and payment system, available at http://www.fcc.gov/fees/feefiler.html, and, once available, additional information can be found at http://www.fccfees.com.  The fee information should be examined carefully as it may not be complete - for example, individual broadcast station information does not include the separate annual fees that are owed for auxiliary facilities, such as remote pick-up stations and STLs.

    All licensees are required to initiate payment of regulatory fees using Fee Filer, which will accept payment of fees by credit card.  Licensees who prefer to pay regulatory fees by check, wire transfer, or other alternate method must still initiate fee filings using Fee Filer.  The FCC has not yet set the due date for regulatory fee payments, but we expect that there will be a filing window for the payments in September 2012. There will be no grace period:  all late payments will be subject to a 25% late fee.

    Beginning this year, licensees requesting regulatory fee refunds, waivers, reductions, or deferments must submit such requests through an online filing system which the FCC will create prior to the regulatory fee due date.  In previous years, such requests were submitted in hard copy in Washington, DC.  Information submitted through the online system must include the request and any relevant supporting documentation.

    If you have any questions concerning the fee payment procedures or would like our assistance in preparing the payment documentation, please contact our office.

    FY 2012 SCHEDULE OF REGULATORY FEES

    Regulatory fees for the categories shaded in gray are collected by the FCC in advance to cover the term of the license and are submitted along with the application at the time the application is filed.

    FY 2012 RADIO STATION REGULATORY FEES

    Population

    Served

    AM Class A

    AM Class B

    AM Class C

    AM Class D

    FM Classes

    A, B1 & C3

    FM Classes

    B, C, C0, C1 & C2

    <=25,000

    $725

    $600

    $550

    $625

    $700

    $875

    25,001 - 75,000

    $1,475

    $1,225

    $850

    $950

    $1,425

    $1,550

    75,001 - 150,000

    $2,200

    $1,525

    $1,125

    $1,600

    $1,950

    $2,875

    150,001 - 500,000

    $3,300

    $2,600

    $1,675

    $1,900

    $3,025

    $3,750

    500,001 - 1,200,000

    $4,775

    $3,975

    $2,800

    $3,175

    $4,800

    $5,525

    1,200,001 - 3,000,00

    $7,350

    $6,100

    $4,200

    $5,075

    $7,800

    $8,850

    >3,000,000

    $8,825

    $7,325

    $5,325

    $6,350

    $9,950

    $11,500

     

     

    Fee Category

     

    Annual Regulatory Fee

    (U.S. $'s)

    AM Radio Construction Permits

    550

    FM Radio Construction Permits

    700

    TV (47 CFR part 73) VHF Commercial

     

                    Markets 1-10

    80,075

                    Markets 11-25

    73,475

                    Markets 26-50

    39,800

                    Markets 51-100

    20,925

                    Remaining Markets

    5,825

                    Construction Permits

    5,825

    TV (47 CFR part 73) UHF Commercial

     

                    Markets 1-10

    35,350

                    Markets 11-25

    32,625

                    Markets 26-50

    21,925

                    Markets 51-100

    12,750

                    Remaining Markets

    3,425

                    Construction Permits

    3,425

    Satellite Television Stations  (All Markets)

    1,425

    Construction Permits - Satellite Television Stations

    895

    Low Power TV, Class A TV, TV/FM Translators & Boosters (47 CFR part 74)

    385

    Broadcast Auxiliaries (47 CFR part 74)

    10

    PLMRS (per license) (Exclusive Use) (47 CFR part 90)

    35

    Microwave (per license) (47 CFR part 101)

    20

    218-219 MHz (Formerly Interactive Video Data Service) (per license) (47 CFR part 95)

    70

    Marine (Ship) (per station) (47 CFR part 80)

    10

    Marine (Coast) (per license) (47 CFR part 80)

    50

    General Mobile Radio Service (per license) (47 CFR part 95)

    5

    Rural Radio (47 CFR part 22) (previously listed under the Land Mobile category)

    15

    PLMRS (Shared Use) (per license) (47 CFR part 90)

    15

    Aviation (Aircraft) (per station) (47 CFR part 87)

    10

    Aviation (Ground) (per license) (47 CFR part 87)

    15

    Amateur Vanity Call Signs (per call sign) (47 CFR part 97)

    1.50

    CMRS Mobile/Cellular Services (per unit) (47 CFR parts 20, 22, 24, 27, 80 and 90)

    .17

    CMRS Messaging Services (per unit) (47 CFR parts 20, 22, 24 and 90)

    .08

    Broadband Radio Service (formerly MMDS/MDS) (per license) (47 CFR part 27)

    Local Multipoint Distribution Service (per call sign) (47 CFR, part 101)

    475

     

    475

    CARS (47 CFR part 78)

    475

    Cable Television Systems (per subscriber) (47 CFR part 76)

    .95

    Interstate Telecommunication Service Providers (per revenue dollar)

    .00375

    Earth Stations (47 CFR part 25)

    275

    Space Stations (per operational station in geostationary orbit) (47 CFR part 25) also includes DBS Service (per operational station) (47 CFR part 100)

     

    132,875

    Space Stations (per operational system in non-geostationary orbit) (47 CFR part 25)

    143,150

    International Bearer Circuits -  Terrestrial/Satellites (per 64KB circuit)  

    .26