Update – February 25, 2009 - The change in fees did not become effective as planned – see our post here.
Months ago, the FCC announced that the fees paid by broadcasters (and other services) for the processing of applications and other filings would be going up. It was only recently that the notice was published in the Federal Register, and the FCC has now announced that the new fees will go into effect on February 18. The new fees for broadcast and cable applications can be found in the Media Bureau filing guide, found here. Most fees will be automatically reflected in the FCC’s CDBS electronic filing website when a broadcaster submits an electronic application. But be prepared for the fees going up.
For example, common application fees include the $940 now charged for a minor technical change in a broadcast station, or for the assignment or transfer of a station. Call sign changes cost $95, and Special Temporary Authority carries a $170 filing fee. Ownership Reports are $60. Look for all of the fees in the FCC’s Media Bureau Application Fee Filing Guide.