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FCC Proposes Reduced Radio and TV Licensee 2024 Regulatory Fees

Broadcasters received a pleasant surprise last week when the FCC released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the commission’s proposed 2024 annual regulatory fees.

It is the second year of proposed cuts to the FCC’s annual regulatory fees and follows efforts by TAB and other state broadcast associations starting in 2019-20 urging the FCC to reduce annual regulatory fee amounts on broadcasters saying stations were unfairly shouldering the expense of regulating a host of other industries under the commission’s purview. 

“Regulatory fees reimburse the government for the FCC’s operating costs and are allocated based on how many FCC staff employees work on industry-specific matters,” said attorney David Oxenford of TAB Associate member law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer.

Published reports said the proposed TV station fee reduction is approximately 15.4 percent while the proposed radio station fee reduction is approximately six percent.

The fee reduction amount depends on the class of station involved.

Stations can review the proposed fees here.

The radio station fee table is in Appendix B on page 38.

For comparison, the commission listed the 2023 radio station annual regulatory fee table on page 112.

Proposed TV station fees are listed by callsign in Appendix F starting on page 63.

A due date for the fees is typically announced near the beginning of September as they must be paid before the beginning of the federal government’s new fiscal year on Oct. 1.

Comments and reply comments will be due in July.

Oxenford said the commission is also seeking comment on other fee-related issues such as ending the FCC’s “presumption that silent stations are entitled to fee waivers without providing evidence of financial hardship.”

Such stations would have to document their inability to pay starting in 2025 if the rule change is adopted.

Questions? Contact TAB’s Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.


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