The FCC today issued a Public Notice reminding TV broadcasters (full-power, LPTV, translator and Class A stations, both commercial and noncommercial, if they have digital operations) that they must, by December 1, file a report on the ancillary and supplementary services that they provide and pay a fee of 5% of gross revenues received by the TV station for such services. Ancillary and supplemental services do not include non-subscription video channels delivered directly to the public, but would include any other services proved over the station’s spectrum from which the station receives compensation, including “computer software distribution, data transmissions, teletext, interactive materials, aural messages, paging services, or audio signals, [and] subscription video.” All stations must file the report – even if they don’t receive any such revenue (as they must state that fact on the report).
The Public Notice also noted that the old Form 317 is no longer used for the filing of this report. The report now needs to be filed on FCC Form 2100 Schedule G, using the FCC’s new “Licensing and Management System” electronic filing system (LMS). Stations that owe a fee must also submit a Form 159. Filing details are in the notice. Don’t forget the filing and the fee if required – as the FCC warns appropriate sanctions will be taken against stations that don’t file or file late.