Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
WHAT YOU OWE – CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEMS 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.
Cable television systems operating on
October 1, 2011
must pay a regulatory fee per subscriber1 for all
of the community units (CUIDs) in which they operate. The number of basic cable subscribers that
you served on
December 31, 2011
should be used as the basis from which to calculate your fee
payment. You may pay your regulatory fee for all of your basic service subscribers with a single line
aggregate total in Fee Filer without having to list your individual CUIDs.
Cable television system operators and licensees of CARS facilities must pay a regulatory fee if they
were operating or held a CARS license on October 1, 2011, even if a facility’s 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. When submitting payment, CARS licensees should
individually list each of their CARS call signs.
Notice of Billing:
CARS licensees will not receive a pre-completed regulatory fee bill (FCC Form
159-B) in the mail for their CARS licenses. A regulatory fee bill will be created, but this bill will
be available for viewing only by accessing Fee Filer. CARS licensees are also required to make
regulatory fee payments for all other non-billed holdings, such as cable systems and other fee
TYPE OF FEE
Cable System Subscriber Fee
$0.95 per subscriber
$475 per license
1 Number of Subscribers In a Community Unit = Number of single family dwellings + Number of individual
households in multiple dwelling units (e.g., apartments, condominiums, mobile home parks, etc.) paying at the basic
subscriber rate + Number of bulk-rate customers + Number of courtesy and free service. (NOTE: Bulk-Rate
Customers = total annual bulk rate charge ¸ basic annual subscription rate for individual households).
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
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
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-
) 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
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.
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