Right as everyone was preparing to leave town for the long weekend, the FCC issued its Report and Order on the regulatory fees for 2014, and also issued a Public Notice setting the deadline for paying those fees as 11:59 PM on September 23. For broadcasters, the FCC also issued a Mass Media Fee Filing Guide providing details on the fee filing process, and provided a fee “look-up” tool on the Commission’s website to see what the fees are for a particular station. The FCC adopted all the fees for broadcast stations as proposed in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (about which we wrote here) with the minor exception of its fees for TV stations, where there were very slight adjustments in the amounts to be paid. The fees for all categories of broadcasters are provided at the end of this article.
There are a couple of new wrinkles in the fee filings for broadcasters for this year. First, there will be no more no more checks or other paper forms of payment. All payments must be made electronically, through wire transfers, electronic payments, or with a credit card. If you send a check, it will be returned, and you will be assessed a late fee if the electronic payment is not made by the 23rd.
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