The FCC has released its Order setting the amounts of the annual regulatory fees for broadcasters – though the window for making those payments has not yet been set. Look for that window to be set in the near future, as payments will probably be due in September. Broadcast fees are based on the class of facility and the population covered by the station. All fees are based on the status of the station as of October 1 of 2008. Click on "continue reading" below to see the amount of the fees to be paid by broadcasters.
In its order, the FCC declined a request to broaden the categories of broadcast stations that were suffering from financial hardship justifying a waiver of the rules. Stations seeking a financial hardship waiver must provide the FCC with sufficient financial information, including profit and loss statements and a showing of how much the station’s owners were receiving as compensation, for the Commission to make a determination that the payment of the fees would pose an undue hardship on the station. The FCC did say that bankruptcy or receivership, or the fact that a station was silent or dark, would be viewed as evidence of financial hardship.