FCC Regulatory Fees Due September 25th

FCC regulatory fees are due for all broadcast stations on September 25, 2018.  In a refreshing change, some radio stations will see their fees decrease.  FM stations with the biggest potential audience will see a 15% reduction in fees and big AM stations will see fees decline by 16%.

Note, stations that held a broadcast television station license on October 1, 2017 are responsible for FY 2018 regulatory fees for that license.  Licensees who have relinquished their licenses by September 30, 2017 are not responsible for FY 2018 regulatory fees for the cancelled license.

All regulatory fee payments must be made by online Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment, online credit card, or wire transfer.  Any other form of payment (e.g., checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders) will be rejected.  For payments by wire, a Form 159-E should still be transmitted via fax so that the Commission can associate the wire payment with the correct regulatory fee information.

The maximum amount that can be charged on a credit card for transactions with federal agencies is $24,999.99.  Transactions greater than this amount will be rejected.  Customers who wish to pay an amount greater than $24,999.99 should consider available electronic alternatives such as Visa or MasterCard debit cards, ACH debits from a bank account, and wire transfers.

For your convenience we have included a list of broadcast related fees from the FCC’s Order.  Click HERE to access the list.

To see the FCC’s regulatory fee order click HERE.

For more information about the 2018 regulatory fees and the process for payment click HERE.


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