Last month, we warned readers that the FCC application fees were going up. And today is the day that the new fees take effect. So, if you are planning an FCC filing today or at any time in the future, remember to pay those higher fees – or face the risk of having your application bounced by the FCC for insufficient payments.
And, while we are on the subject of fees, the agenda for next month’s FCC meeting calls for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the regulatory fees that stations pay each year in August or September to cover the costs of FCC regulation. While this is, in most years, a somewhat routine process of authorizing the year’s fees with only minor tweaks from previous years, this year it could be different. Commissioner Robert McDowell has been questioning why the FCC collects more money than it needs to operate – and is now essentially a profit-making enterprise. (See his speech, here, at pages 4 and 5) So watch for that discussion next month.