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2018 FCC Regulatory Fees Payment Deadline September 25

The FCC has announced a deadline of September 25 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2018 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held as of October 1, 2017, or held on the fee due date. Licensees who relinquished licenses by September 30, 2017, are not responsible for FY 2018 regulatory fees for the canceled license.

Payment may be made by credit card, debit card, Automated Clearing House (ACH) debits from a bank account or wire transfers. The maximum acceptable daily credit card payment is $24,999.99. Alternative means must be used for larger single payments. Regardless of the method, the payment process must be initiated through the FCC’s online Fee Filer system.

Full payment must be received by the September 25 deadline in order to avoid the 25% late payment penalty, plus interest and processing fees. This year, in lieu of the prior 180-day trigger, debts older than 120 days will be referred for collection to the Treasury Department, which can be more complex to deal with than the FCC.

Again this year the FCC will not send bills. Instead, it requires that licensees determine the extent of their obligation and obtain information online through its Fee Filer system. Below, for your reference is a final list of the 2018 regulatory fees by broadcast category. Licensees are exempt from regulatory fee payments if their total liability for the fiscal year is below $1,000.

Further information on the Commission’s Fee Filer payment system can be found here Filer Information information for any specific broadcast station, including exempt status, may be found at: where you can also look up fees by station call sign or facility ID .

Note that the fee for auxiliaries has been eliminated. Note also that the FCC list in Fee Filer is not always up to date. You can check for all licenses by Licensee name or FRN at General Menu License Query .

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About this Author

Gregg Skall, Attorney Womble Carlyle, Telecommunications Attorney, FCC Regulatory Compliance Lawyer

Mr. Skall actively represents telecommunications companies in domestic and international telecommunications enterprises in their regulatory matters and business dealings. He represents real estate developers in the acquisition of competitive broadband local exchange (CLEC) telecommunications services for new residential and commercial developments. He also works with telecommunications equipment manufacturers to obtain FCC approvals and to assure regulatory compliance. He assists companies in need of appropriate spectrum support for emerging telecommunications...