As summer begins to wind down, just like the rest of the world, the FCC and other government agencies seem to pick up speed on long delayed actions. Broadcasters can anticipate increased regulatory activity in the coming months. For September, there are a few dates to which all broadcasters should pay attention, and a few that will be of relevance to a more limited group. As always, pay attention to these dates, and be prepared to address any other important deadlines that we may have overlooked, or which are unique to your station.
All commercial broadcasters will need to pay attention to actions which will likely come in rapid fire in the next two weeks, setting the deadlines for payment of the Annual Regulatory Fees that must be paid before the October 1 start of the next fiscal year for the FCC. Look for an Order very soon deciding on the final amounts for those fees. That Order will be quickly followed by a Public Notice setting the payment dates and procedures. Then watch for fact sheets from each of the Bureaus at the FCC. The Media Bureau fact sheet will cover the fees to be paid by broadcasters. Be ready to pay those fees by the announced September deadline, as the failure to pay on time brings steep penalties.
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