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August FCC Regulatory Deadlines for Broadcasters – Including Renewals; EEO; Comments on Indecency, the Online Public File and Cross-Ownership

Posted in EEO Compliance/Diversity, FCC Fees, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Indecency, License Renewal, Multiple Ownership Rules, Noncommercial Broadcasting, Political Broadcasting, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Website Issues
Another month is upon us, along with all of the FCC regulatory obligations that accompany it. August brings a host of license renewal obligations, along with EEO public file obligations in a number of states, as well as noncommercial Biennial Ownership Report filings in several states. We also expect that the FCC will notify stations of the … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Annual Regulatory Fees – For Broadcasters, Fees Proposed to Increase, and FCC Proposes Future Change in UHF/VHF Fee Schedule

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While I was away for the last few weeks, there have been a number of actions important to broadcasters and other media companies that we’ll be covering in the next few days. For broadcasters, one annual notice that recently was released by the FCC is the proposal for this year’s annual regulatory fees which will be payable in … Continue Reading

June FCC Obligations for Broadcasters – Renewals, EEO, FM Translator and Auction Filings, and Comments on Regulatory Fees, Indecency, and Incentive Auction Band Plan

Posted in Broadband Report, Broadcast Auctions, FCC Fees, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Indecency, License Renewal, Noncommercial Broadcasting, Television
As is the case with most months, June brings a number of FCC deadlines for broadcasters, both standard regulatory filings and comment deadlines in important regulatory proceedings. The regular filing deadlines include license renewal applications due on June 3 (as June 1 is a Saturday) for Commercial and Noncommercial Full-Power and Class A Television Stations, TV … Continue Reading

Fines to Broadcasters, Including an LPFM Station, for Lack of Working EAS – and a Reminder to Avoid EAS Tones in Commercial Messages

Posted in Emergency Communications, FCC Fees
In the last few weeks, the FCC has fined a number of broadcast stations for failing to keep up with their EAS obligations. In one case, a low power FM operator was fined $1750 for not having any EAS receiver installed at its station – and not knowing that it was required. LPFM stations must have a … Continue Reading

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2012

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The FCC has released its Report and Order showing the annual regulatory fees due for the 2012 fiscal year. Although the due date has not yet been announced, it will likely be in September. The fees are intended to recover the Commission’s cost of operations, reported to be nearly $340 million.  Fees must be paid by all commercial … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Regulatory Fees for 2012

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The FCC just released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish the regulatory fees to be paid by each of the entities that it regulates. Each year, before the FCC collects its annual regulatory fees from broadcasters and other entities subject to its oversight, it asks for comments on the amount of those fees.  This … Continue Reading

December 1 Deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports Begins A Busy Regulatory Month for Broadcasters

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, Digital Radio, FCC Fees, General FCC, License Renewal, Noncommercial Broadcasting
All commercial broadcasters (AM/FM/TV and even LPTV) have to file their Biennial Ownership Reports on December 1, beginning a very busy month in the broadcaster’s regulatory world.  December 1 is also the deadline for noncommercial ownership reports to be filed by noncommercial radio stations in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and noncommercial television … Continue Reading

FCC Regulatory Fee Deadline Extended Until September 16

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The FCC today announced a brief extension, until the end of the day tomorrow, for the submission of annual regulatory fees.  No explanation for the extension is provided. So you now have until 11:59 Eastern time tomorrow to get those fees submitted without facing late fees and penalties.  The FCC Public Notice announcing the extension is … Continue Reading

FCC 2011 Annual Regulatory Fees Due by Sept. 14, 2011

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The FCC has now released its Public Notice formally announcing the payment deadline for the 2011 Annual Regulatory Fees, which will be due by 11:59 pm E.T. on September 14, 2011.  The fees must be processed electronically using the FCC’s Fee Filer website, which can be accessed here.   That site is now ready to accept the payment of the 2011 Regulatory Fees, … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Revised Application Filing Fees

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Last week, amid the flurry of other actions taken on retransmission consent, rural radio and video accessibility, the Commission released its proposal for revisions to its regulatory filing fees, as it is required to do every two years.  The proposed fees for broadcast applications are set out below.  No other changes in any of the fees or fee categories are proposed.  According to the FCC proposal, … Continue Reading

FCC Changing Financial Systems – Make Sure Your Fees Are Up To Date, and Plan Application Filings as There May Be Processing Delays in Early October

Posted in FCC Fees, General FCC
If a broadcaster or other FCC regulatee has not paid their regulatory fees when they are due, the FCC’s computer system will show a "red light" on the company that owed the fee – and the FCC will not grant any applications filed by that company.  As it is, it can take days, and sometime weeks, … Continue Reading

FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due August 31st

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The FCC’s Annual Regulatory Fee web site, available at  www.fccfees.com, is now active and indicates that the Reg Fees are due by 11:59 PM EDT on August 31, 2010.  A further public notice, which will include detailed instructions on how to access the FCC’s Fee Filer database and remit the payment of the fees, should … Continue Reading

FCC Announces One Million Dollar Payola Consent Decree With Univision – What’s It Mean for Radio Broadcasters?

Posted in FCC Fees, Payola and Sponsorship Identification
The FCC today announced a $1,000,000 Consent Decree with Univision Radio to settle payola investigations underway at both the FCC and the Department of Justice.  Payola, or "pay for play" as it is called in the FCC Press Release issued today, is a violation of FCC rules and Federal criminal law, which both prohibit the broadcast of program content for … Continue Reading

FCC Sets Regulatory Fees – Payment Date Not Yet Set

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The FCC has released its order setting this year’s Regulatory Fees to be paid by broadcast stations.  While has not yet set the deadline for paying those fees, that deadline should fall sometime in August or September.  In setting this year’s fees, the Commission made some decisions about fees for broadcasters that may not make sense to some – … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes 2010 Annual Regulatory Fees

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The FCC today released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking for public comment on its proposed Regulatory Fees for 2010. These fees are paid annually by most commercial entities that are regulated by the FCC for the privilege of being regulated. Noncommercial broadcasters are exempt from the annual regulatory fees. Collectively, the FCC is proposing … Continue Reading

FCC Regulatory Fees Are Due By September 22, 2009

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The FCC has announced the due date for their Annual Regulatory Fees – September 22.  We wrote about the amount of those fees here, and have just published an advisory summarizing some of the filing details.  Our Davis Wright Tremaine Advisory on these fees is available here.  Being even one day late with the payment of … Continue Reading

Broadcasters Beware: Failure to Timely Renew Earth Stations Can Draw Large Fines

Posted in FCC Fees, FCC Fines, General FCC, License Renewal, Television
The Commission today released yet another forfeiture for what has become an increasingly common oversight among broadcasters — the failure to timely file a license renewal application for a satellite earth station.  What made today’s forfeiture unique, however, is the fact that the Commission proposed to double the amount of the forfeiture based on the size … Continue Reading