Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
WHAT YOU OWE – MEDIA 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 made no later than 11:59 PM,
ET, on September 13, 2012.
This Fact Sheet
concerns licensees of media services such as: commercial AM & FM radio stations,
FM translators and boosters, commercial television stations, satellite TV stations, low power
television (LPTV) stations, TV translators and boosters and broadcast auxiliary stations.
Media licensees and permit holders owe regulatory fees for each license or permit held as of
, even if the license or permit expired after October 1, 2011. In instances where a license or
permit is transferred or assigned after October 1, 2011, the fee must be paid by the party that is the
licensee or holder of the permit on the date that the fee payment is due.
Media Notification Letters and Use of 2010 Census Data
The Commission will no longer be mailing out hardcopy media notifications to licensees. Instead,
licensees can view their station’s attributes for regulatory fee purposes at the FCC-authorized website
. Licensees can also view additional information regarding media and regulatory
fees on the Commission’s Regulatory Fees Home Page website at http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/regfees.html
. Also, every ten years, the data from the United States
Census is incorporated into the population counts of AM & FM radio stations on a county basis.
These population counts, along with the station’s class and type of service, are the basis for
determining regulatory fees. Although the 2010 Census data has been completed, the data was still
subject to revisions until recently. Therefore, beginning as of October 1, 2011, the 2010 Census data
will be applied to population counts of radio stations as part of our calculations of FY 2012
Commercial AM/FM Radio Stations
Who Must Pay:
Licensees of commercial AM and FM radio stations, holders of construction
permits for new AM and FM stations, and licensees who hold auxiliary broadcast service licenses for
stations operated in conjunction with the main station (e.g., remote pickup stations, aural broadcast
STLs, intercity relay stations and low power auxiliary stations), provided that such licenses or
permits were granted on or before October 1, 2011, even if the license or permit expired after October
Fees are determined for AM and FM radio station licensees based upon class of
station and population served. A station’s class is based upon the station's most recent license that
was granted on or before October 1, 2011. Fee amounts for AM and FM radio stations are indicated
on a 42-block table, as shown on the following page. Fee amounts for individual stations may be
obtained by accessing the FCC's internet website at (http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/regfees.html
you have a commercial AM or FM radio station that is not listed, please contact the FCC Help Desk
at (877) 480-3201, Option 4.
Holders of construction permits (CPs) for new AM and FM stations for which a license to cover the
construction permit had not been granted as of October 1, 2011, owe $550 (AM) and $700 (FM), for
each construction permit held, regardless of station class or population served. Licensees also owe
$10 for each broadcast auxiliary license held.
Payment Type Codes and Payment Amounts For FY 2012 Radio Station Regulatory Fees
A, B1 & C3
B, C, C0, C1
25,001 - 75,000
75,001 - 150,000
150,001 - 500,000
500,001 - 1,200,000
1,200,001 - 3,000,000
Regulatory Fee Group or Category
Payment Type Code
Construction Permit for New AM Station
Construction Permit for New FM Station
Broadcast Auxiliary Station License
VHF/UHF/Satellite TV Stations
Who Must Pay:
Licensees of commercial VHF, UHF and satellite television stations, holders of
construction permits for new stations, and licensees who hold auxiliary broadcast service licenses for
stations operated in conjunction with the main station (e.g., remote pickup stations, intercity relay
stations), provided that such licenses or permits were granted on or before October 1, 2011, even if
the license or permit expired after October 1, 2011.
Fees for commercial television stations are based upon the size of the Nielsen
Designated Market Area (DMA), as indicated in the chart below. Holders of construction permits
(CPs) for new television stations for which a license had not been granted as of October 1, 2011, owe
$5,825 (VHF), $3,425 (UHF), or $895 (Satellite TV) for each permit held, regardless of market size.
Finally, licensees also owe $10 for each broadcast auxiliary license held.
: FY 2012 regulatory fees will be assessed on all full-service television stations
that are licensed as of October 1, 2011. The digital-only exemption (as a matter of Commission
policy) is no longer applicable.1
Commercial VHF Stations:
Payment Type Code
Construction Permit for New VHF Station
Broadcast Auxiliary Station
Commercial UHF Stations:
Payment Type Code
Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2010, Report and Order, 75 FR 41932 at ¶ 16 (July
Construction Permit for New UHF Station
Broadcast Auxiliary Station
Satellite TV Stations:
Payment Type Code
Construction Permit for New Satellite Station
LPTV, TV Translators & TV Boosters, FM Translators & FM Boosters
The Commission has established a category of “Class A TV” into which some Low Power TV
(LPTV) stations were re-classified (See Establishment of a Class A TV Service, 65 FR 29985, MM
Docket No. 00-10 (May 10, 2000). Therefore, LPTV stations that were re-classified as Class A TV
as of October 1, 2000, as well as existing LPTV stations operating as of October 1, 2011, should pay
the LPTV fee of $385 for FY 2012.
The digital transition to full-service television stations was completed on June 12, 2009, but Low
Power, Class A, and TV Translators/Boosters are not required to make the digital transition until
September 1, 2015. Historically, we have only considered the digital transition in the context of
regulatory fees applicable to full-service television stations. Consequently, the “digital only”
exemption does not apply to Low Power, Class A, and TV Translator/Booster facilities. Because the
digital transition in the Low Power, Class A, and TV Translator/Booster facilities is still voluntary,
these facilities may transition from analog to digital service at varying times prior to September 1,
2015. During this period of transition, licensees of Low Power, Class A, and TV Translator/Booster
facilities may be operating in analog mode, in digital mode, or in an analog and digital simulcast
mode. Therefore, a single fee will be assessed for each facility regardless of whether it transmits in
analog or digital mode, digital mode, or simulcasting in both analog and digital modes. As more of
these facilities convert to digital mode, the Commission will revisit how regulatory fees will be
Who Must Pay:
Holders of LPTV, TV translator and booster licenses, and FM translator and
booster licenses whose license was granted on or before October 1, 2011, even if the license expired
after October 1, 2011.
Fees are owed on a per-license basis as follows:
Type of License
Payment Type Code
Low Power Television Station, TV
FM Translator/FM Booster
REPORTING OF BROADCAST AUXILIARIES
Broadcast auxiliary licenses, often known as remote pickup stations, aural broadcast STLs, intercity
relay stations, and low power auxiliary stations, generally operate in conjunction with a main station.
When paying regulatory fees for broadcast auxiliaries, the Facility Id of the main station that is linked
to this auxiliary should be reported in the FCC Code 1 field in Fee Filer. Also, to reduce the volume
of line items in a single transaction, Fee Filer will combine broadcast auxiliary fees when the number
of line items exceeds 250 lines. Each resulting line item will show the Facility Id, the number of call
signs associated with the Facility Id, and the combined fee amount. The number of call signs will
appear in the Quantity field. The individual call signs, however, will no longer appear in Fee Filer.
For those reporting line items of less than 250 lines, there will be no change in the manner of how the
broadcast auxiliary fees are reported in Fee Filer.
CLAIMING AN EXEMPTION
The FCC will no longer accept fee exemption claims at the website www.fccfees.com .
If you are
fee-exempt, you are required to furnish to the FCC a copy of the documentation that proves your fee-
exempt status. Acceptable documentation may include a copy of your IRS determination letter
showing your IRS section 501(c) tax exemption status, or state or government certifications, or proof
of your station’s noncommercial educational ((NCE) broadcast status at the FCC. Documentation
must be received by the due date of September 13, 2012. To claim your fee exemption, you may:
E-mail your documentation to the FCC at ARINQUIRIES@fcc.gov
Fax your documentation to the FCC at (202) 418-7869, or
Mail your documentation to: FCC, Office of the Managing Director, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room
1-A625, Washington, DC, 20554
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, WhoOwes 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-
) 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
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
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.