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FY 2012 Regulatory Fees for International Services

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Released: August 13, 2012

REGULATORY FEES

Federal Communications Commission

FACT SHEET

445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

August 2012

WHAT YOU OWE – INTERNATIONAL AND SATELLITE SERVICES

LICENSEES FOR FY 2012

The Commission’s automated filing and payment system (“Fee Filer”) is now available for filing
and payment of FY 2012 regulatory fees. Regulatory fee payments must be RECEIVED by the
Commission no later than 11:59 PM, ET, on September 13, 2012.
This Fact Sheet pertains to: providers of international bearer circuits, earth station licensees (Part
25), geostationary space station licensees (Part 25) and direct broadcast satellite licensees (Part
100), and non-geostationary orbit satellite system licensees (formerly low earth orbit satellite
systems) (Part 25).
Licensees owe regulatory fees for each license held as of October 1, 2011, and payment is due even
if a license expired after October 1, 2011. In instances where a license or authorization is
transferred or assigned after October 1, 2011, the fee must be paid by the party that is the licensee or
holder of the authorization on the date that the fee payment is due.
If an earth station's license limits its operational authority to a particular satellite system that is not
yet operational, a regulatory fee payment for the earth station is not due until the first satellite in the
system becomes operational pursuant to section 25.121(d) of our rules.

Earth Stations

Who Must Pay:

VSAT and Equivalent C-Band Antennas: Earth station systems comprising very
small aperture terminals making up authorized networks operating in the 12 and 14 GHz bands that
provide a variety of communications services to other stations in the network. Each system,
authorized pursuant to blanket licensing procedures in Part 25 of the Commission’s rules, consists
of a network of technically-identical small fixed-satellite earth stations which often includes a larger
hub station. Entities holding these types of authorizations will be assessed a regulatory fee per
authorization or registration, as well as a fee for each associated Hub Station.
Mobile Satellite Earth Stations: Mobile satellite service providers operate under blanket licenses for
mobile antennas (transceivers) which are smaller than one meter and provide voice or data
communications, including position location information, for mobile platforms such as cars, buses
or trucks.
Earth Station Antennas: Transmit/Receive and Transmit-Only Antennas: These licensees include
private carriers and common carriers that operate fixed-satellite earth station antennas to provide
telephone, television, data, and other forms of communication, including antennas used to transmit

and receive and transmit-only. Also included in this category are telemetry, tracking and control
(TT&C) earth stations and transportable earth stations.
Earth Station Antennas: Receive-Only Antennas: The Commission does not assess regulatory fees
for receive-only earth station antennas.

Notice of Billing:

Earth Station licensees will not receive a pre-completed regulatory fee bill (FCC
Form 159-B) in the mail for their Earth Station licenses. A regulatory fee bill will be created, but
this bill will be available for viewing only by accessing the Commission’s electronic payment
system, or Fee Filer. Earth Station licensees are also required to make regulatory fee payments for
all other fee categories as well.

Fee Calculation:

$275 per license or authorization, and $275 for each associated Hub Station.

Geostationary Orbit Space Stations and Direct Broadcast Satellite Service

Notice of Billing:

Geostationary orbit space station and DBS licensees will not receive a pre-
printed regulatory fee bill (FCC Form 159-B) from the Commission for their satellite space station
authorization(s). A regulatory fee bill will be created, but this bill will be available for viewing only
by accessing the Commission’s electronic payment system, or Fee Filer. Geostationary space
station licensees are also required to make regulatory fee payments for all other fee categories as
well.

Who Must Pay:

Entities authorized to operate space stations in geostationary orbit1 in accordance
with section 25.121(d) and direct broadcast satellites (Part 100).

Fee Calculation:

$132,875 per operational space station in geostationary orbit in accordance with
section 25.121(d) as of October 1, 2011. A fee payment is required “upon the commencement of
operation of a system's first satellite as reported annually pursuant to sections 25.142(c), 25.143(e),
25.145(g), or upon certification of operation of a single satellite pursuant to section 25.121(d).”
Multiple technically identical geostationary satellites collocated at the same orbital location will be
considered one station for the purpose of per-space station regulatory fee calculation.

Non-Geostationary Orbit Satellite Systems

Notice of Billing:

Non-Geostationary orbit space station and DBS licensees will not receive a pre-
printed regulatory fee bill (FCC Form 159-B) from the Commission for their satellite space station
authorization(s). A regulatory fee bill will be created, but this bill will be available for viewing only
by accessing the Commission’s electronic payment system, or Fee Filer. Non-Geostationary space
station licensees are also required to make regulatory fee payments for all other fee categories as
well.


1 Domestic and international satellites, positioned in orbit to remain approximately fixed relative to the earth, authorized
to provide communications between satellites and earth stations on a common carrier or private carrier basis in
accordance with section 25.121(d).
2

Who Must Pay:

Entities authorized to operate systems of satellites in non-geostationary orbit
under Part 25 to provide communications between satellites and earth stations on a common carrier
or private carrier basis.

Fee Calculation:

$143,150 per operational system in non-geostationary orbit.2 A fee payment
is required “upon the commencement of operation of a system's first satellite as reported
annually pursuant to sections 25.142(c), 25.143(e), 25.145(g), or upon certification of operation
of a single satellite pursuant to section 25.121(d).”

International Bearer Circuits

Who Must Pay:

In a Second Report and Order (“Submarine Cable Order”) released on March 24,
2009, the Commission adopted a new submarine cable bearer circuit methodology that assessed
regulatory fees on a per cable landing license basis, with higher fees for larger submarine cable
systems and lower fees for smaller systems, without distinguishing between common carriers and
non-common carriers.3 For the other categories of international bearer circuits - common carrier
and non-common carrier satellite facilities and common carrier terrestrial facilities - the Submarine
Cable Order
retained the existing regulatory fee methodology of assessing fees on a per 64 kbps
circuit basis. For these categories of bearer circuits, the fee amount should be based on active
circuit counts (used or leased) as of December 31, 2011.
International Terrestrial and Satellite. Regulatory fees for International Bearer Circuits are to be
paid by facilities-based common carriers that have active (used or leased) international bearer
circuits as of December 31, of the prior year in any terrestrial or satellite transmission facility for
the provision of service to an end user or resale carrier, which includes active circuits to themselves
or to their affiliates. In addition, non-common carrier satellite operators must pay a fee for each
circuit sold or leased to any customer, including themselves or their affiliates, other than an
international common carrier authorized by the Commission to provide U.S. international common
carrier services. “Active circuits” for these purposes include backup and redundant circuits. In
addition, whether circuits are used specifically for voice or data is not relevant in determining that
they are active circuits.


2 A LEO system consists of one or more satellites operating in a non-geostationary satellite constellation. Payment is
required for any LEO System that has one or more satellites operating pursuant to sections 25.142(c), 25.143(e),
25.145(g), or upon certification of operation of a single satellite pursuant to section 25.121(d) as of October 1, 2009.
3 See Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2008, Second Report and Order, 24 FCC Rcd 4208,
¶ 1 (May 12, 2009) (“Submarine Cable Order”).
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Fee Calculation:

$0.26 per active 64 KB circuit or equivalent.
TYPE OF FEE
REGULATORY FEE
PAYMENT
PAYMENT
TYPE CODE
International Bearer Circuits:
$0.26 per active (used or leased)
1276
Terrestrial Common Carrier; Satellite
64 KB circuit or equivalent
Common Carrier; and Satellite Non-Common
Carrier. Capacity as of December 31, 2011

Submarine Cable Systems

Submarine cable: Regulatory fees for submarine cable systems will be paid annually, per cable
landing license, for all submarine cable systems operating as of December 31 of the prior year. The
fee amount will be determined by the Commission for each fiscal year. Payment, if mailed using
Form 159-E (generated from Fee Filer), should be sent to: FCC, International, P.O. Box 979084,
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000.
TYPE OF FEE
REGULATORY FEE
PAYMENT
Submarine Cable Systems
PAYMENT
TYPE CODE
(capacity as of December 31, 2011)
< 2.5 Gbps
$13,300
1286
2.5 Gbps or greater, but less than 5 Gbps
$26,600
1287
5 Gbps or greater, but less than 10 Gbps
$53,200
1288
10 Gbps or greater, but less than 20 Gbps
$106,375
1289
20 Gbps or greater
$212,750
1290

International Public Fixed Radio and International (HF) Broadcast Stations

After a 90-day congressional notification period in which we did not receive any objections, the fee
categories of International Public Fixed Radio and International High Frequency (HF) Broadcast
Stations were eliminated from regulatory fee assessment on August 18, 2009. The elimination of
these two categories is based on the Commission’s actions in the FY 2009 Regulatory Fees Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking and Order
and the FY 2009 Regulatory Fees Report and Order.4 Hence,


4 See Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2009, MD Docket No. 09-65, Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking and Order, 24 FCC Rcd 5966 (2009) (“FY 2009 NPRM and Order”), and Assessment and Collection of
Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2009
, MD Docket No. 09-65, Report and Order, 74 FR 40089 (August 11, 2009) (“FY
2009 Report and Order
”) .
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there is no regulatory fee obligation for licensees holding International Public Fixed Radio and
International (HF) Broadcast Station licenses.

SUMMARY OF FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

TYPE OF FEE
REGULATORY FEE PAYMENT
PAYMENT
TYPE CODE
Earth Stations
$275 per station or Hub Station
1273
Geostationary Orbit Space Stations and
$132,875 per operational station
1274
Direct Broadcast Satellite Service Licensees
Non-Geostationary Orbit Satellite Systems
$143,150 per operational system
1275
International Bearer Circuits: Terrestrial
$0.26 per active 64 KB circuit or
1276
Common Carrier; Satellite Common Carrier; equivalent. *See further guidance
and Satellite Non-Common Carrier (capacity and table below.
as of December 31, 2009)
< 2.5 GBps
$13,300
1286
2.5 GBps or greater, but less than 5 Gbps
$26,600
1287
5 Gbps or greater, but less than 10 Gbps
$53,200
1288
10 Gbps or greater, but less than 20 Gbps
$106,375
1289
20 Gbps or greater
$212,750
1290
* Equivalent circuits include the 64 KB circuit equivalent of larger bit stream circuits (e.g., the 64 KB
equivalent of a 2.048 MB circuit is 30) and analog circuits such as 3 and 4 KHz circuits used for
international services. The number of equivalent 64 KB circuits for analog television channels is given by
the following table:
ANALOG TELEVISION CHANNEL SIZE (MHz)
NO. OF EQUIVALENT 64 KB CIRCUITS
36
630
24
288
18
240
Actual Speed
in 64 Kbps Units
1 T-1 24
1 E-1 30
1 DS-3 630
1 STM 1,890
5 Gbps 60,480
10 Gbps 120,960
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MANDATORY USE OF FEE FILER

For FY 2012, the use of the online system (Fee Filer) for payment of regulatory fees has not
changed from the process used in FY 2011: licensees and regulatees must first enter the
Commission’s Fee Filer system with a valid FRN and password, and follow the online prompts to
generate a Form 159-E voucher to be submitted with the appropriate regulatory fee payment to the
designated entity, U.S. Bank. Only Form 159-E vouchers generated from Fee Filer will be
permitted to be submitted with regulatory fee payments to U.S. Bank. Instructions on the use and
submission of Form 159-E payments are available on the Commission’s website at the industry-
appropriate section under the heading, Who Owes Fees & What is My Fee FY2012
(http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/regfees.html). Please note that the use of the online Fee Filer system
is mandatory, and filers are reminded that hardcopy/paper bills will no longer be mailed by the
FCC. However, these bills are available for viewing in the Regulatory Fee link of Fee Filer. For
additional information, please contact the Financial Operations Help Desk at 877-480-3201, Option
4.
There are many benefits to licensees and regulatees in using the Commission’s Fee Filer system: 1)
expeditious submission of payment; 2) no postage or courier costs (when paid electronically
through Fee Filer); 3) fewer errors caused by illegible handwriting or payments submitted without
an FRN number or the appropriate data attributes (e.g., payers will avoid receiving delinquency
notices because of payment submission errors); 4) improved recordkeeping and payment
reconciliation; 5) reduced administrative burden on both licensees and regulatees on Commission
staff in processing regulatory fee payments; 6) less expensive than a wire transfer; and 7) a reduced
burden of preparing, mailing, and storing paper documents.

LIMITATIONS ON CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS

The U.S Treasury is rejecting the processing of Credit Card transactions greater than
$49,999.99. The U.S. Treasury has published Treasury Financial Manual (TFM) No. A-
2012-02 (http://fms.treas.gov/tfm/vol1/announc.html) of February 2012 in which agencies
are directed to limit Credit Card collections amounts not to exceed $49,999.99.
The revised policy, effective June 30, 2012, lowers the maximum dollar amount allowed for
a Credit Card transaction (previously at $99,999.99) and eliminates the maximum dollar
limit for a debit card transaction. This new limit now applies to Credit Card transactions
only.
In addition, the U.S. Treasury will reject multiple Credit Card transactions from a single
credit card in a single day that accumulate to more than $49,999.99. Transactions that cause
the total of the transactions charged to the credit card on that day to exceed the total daily
dollar-value limit of $49,999.00 will reject, the transactions that are below the limit will
process.
The FCC will institute policies that will conform to the U.S. Treasury policy. Entities
needing to remit amounts of $50,000.00 or greater need to use alternative methods of
payment: check, debit card, ACH or FedWire. Additional information can be found at
http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/regfees.html.
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The FCC will post warnings on various FCC websites to remind entities making payments
to the FCC of the U.S. Treasury policy of rejecting credit card transactions that exceed this
single day limit of $49,999.99 per Credit Card per day.
Regulatory Fee payments that violate the U.S. Treasury limit and are rejected by Treasury causing a
payment not to meet the specified payment window requirements will be subjected to interest, fees,
and a 25% Late Payment Penalty.
-FCC-
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