Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
September 5, 2013
WHAT YOU OWE MEDIA SERVICES LICENSEES FOR FY 2013
Each year, the Commission is required to collect regulatory fees. Licensees and regulatees are
assessed fees as set forth in Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2013,
Report and Order
78 FR 52433, (August 23, 2013) ("FY 2013 Regulatory Fees Report and Order"
The Commission also publishes industry-specific guidance in Who Owes Fees & What Is My FY
which can be found on the Commission website at http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/regfees.html .
The Commission's automated filing and payment system ("Fee Filer") is now available for filing and
payment of FY 2013 regulatory fees.
Regulatory fee payments must be RECEIVED by the
Commission no later than 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, on September 20, 2013.
This Fact Sheet
applies to 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, 2012. In instances where a license or
permit is transferred or assigned after October 1, 2012, 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.
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, 2012, even if the license or permit expired after October
Fees for AM and FM radio station licensees are 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, 2012. 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
). If you have a
commercial AM and 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, 2012, owe $590 (AM) and $750 (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 2013 Radio Station Regulatory Fees
A, B1 &
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, 2012, even if
the license or permit expired after October 1, 2012.
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, 2012, owe
$6,250 (VHF), $3,675 (UHF), or $960 (Satellite TV) for each permit held, regardless of market size.
Finally, licensees also owe $10 for each broadcast auxiliary license held.
: FY 2013 regulatory fees will be assessed on all full-service television stations
that are licensed as of October 1, 2012. The digital-only exemption is no longer applicable.1
Commercial VHF Stations:
Payment Type Code
Construction Permit for New VHF
Broadcast Auxiliary Station
1 See Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2010,
Report and Order, 75 FR 41932 at 16 (July
Commercial UHF Stations:
Payment Type Code
Construction Permit for New UHF
Broadcast Auxiliary Station
Satellite TV Stations:
Payment Type Code
Construction Permit for New Satellite
Beginning in FY 2013, the UHF/VHF and SATELLITE TV fee categories will be assigned
LPTV, TV Translators & TV Boosters, FM Translators & FM Boosters
After the digital conversion in 2009, a number of special TV translators (known as
DTV replacement translators) were licensed to full service television stations to cover a part of the
primary station's contour that was left unprotected. These translators did not extend the protected
contour of the primary station, but operated within the same protected contour and provided the same
programming as the primary station. Therefore, these TV translators were granted licenses under the
same facility number and the same facility call sign as the primary station. Because these TV
translators do not extend the coverage of the primary station, but operate solely within the primary
station's protected contour, these special TV Translators are deemed to be "replacement translators"
and are not assessed a separate TV Translator regulatory fee.
The Commission has established a category of "Class A TV" into which some Low Power TV
2 A bill is considered an account receivable in the Commission's accounting system. Bills reflect the amount owed and
have a payment due date of the last day of the regulatory fee payment window. Consequently, if a bill is not paid by the
due date, it becomes delinquent and is subject to our debt collection procedures. See also
47 C.F.R. 1.1161(c),
1.1164(f)(5), and 1.1910.
(LPTV) stations were re-classified.3 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, 2012, should pay
the LPTV fee of $410 for FY 2013.
The digital transition to full-service television stations was completed on June 12, 2009, but the
digital transition for Low Power, Class A, and TV Translators/Boosters still remains voluntary with a
transition date of September 1, 2015. In the context of regulatory fees, the digital transition was
considered applicable to full-service television stations, and not to Low Power, Class A, and TV
Translators/Boosters. Because the digital transition for these services is still voluntary, some of these
facilities may transition from analog to digital service more rapidly than others. 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, for regulatory
fee purposes, a fee will be assessed for each facility operating either in an analog or digital mode. In
instances in which a licensee is simulcasting in both analog and digital modes, a single regulatory fee
will be assessed for the analog facility and its corresponding digital component, but not for both
facilities. As greater numbers of facilities convert to digital mode, the Commission will provide
revised instructions on how regulatory fees will be assessed.
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, 2013, even if the license expired
after October 1, 2012.
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 linked to the
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
3 (See Establishment of a Class A TV Service
, 65 FR 29985, MM Docket No. 00-10 (May 10, 2000).
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 .
facilities are required to submit to the Commission a copy of the documentation that proves their fee-
exempt status. Acceptable documentation may include a copy of an IRS determination letter showing
the IRS section 501(c) tax exemption status, state or government certifications, or proof of the
station's noncommercial educational ((NCE) broadcast status at the Commission. For additional
information on exemptions, please see, Fact Sheet: Regulatory Fee Exemptions FY 2013
at http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/regfees.html .
Documentation must be received by the due date of
September 20, 2013. To claim a fee exemption:
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
The use of the online Fee Filer system for filing regulatory fees has not changed since the process
was first initiated in FY 2009: 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. Use of the online Fee Filer system is mandatory, and only Form 159-E vouchers generated
from Fee Filer may be submitted with regulatory fee payments to U.S. Bank. Instructions on the use
and submission of Form 159-E payments also are available on the Commission's website in the
publication, Who Owes Fees & What Is My FY 2013 Fee,
Licensees and regulatees paying regulatory fees by check should note that beginning on
October 1, 2013, the Commission will no longer accept checks (including money orders and
cashier's checks) and the accompanying hardcopy forms (e.g., Form 159's, Form 159-B's, Form
159-E's, Form 159-W's) for the payment of regulatory fees.
As of October 1, 2013 all payments
must be made by online ACH payment, online credit card, or wire transfer. Any other form of
payment (e.g., checks) will be rejected and sent back to the payor. For wire transfers, a Form 159-E
should be transmitted via FAX ((314) 418-4232) to U.S. Bank so that the Commission can associate the
wire payment with the corresponding regulatory fee payment. This change will affect all payments
of regulatory fees made on or after October 1, 2013.4
4 Payors should note that this change will mean that entities that have previously paid both regulatory fees and application
fees at the same time by paper check will no longer be able to do so because regulatory fees payments by paper check will
no longer be accepted.
LIMITATIONS ON CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS
The U.S Treasury will no longer process credit card transactions greater than $49,999.99.
Treasury Financial Manual (TFM) No. A-2012-02
), February 2012, directs agencies to
limit credit card collections amounts not to exceed $49,999.99.
The revised policy, effective June 30, 2012, lowers the maximum dollar amount of
$99,999.99 formerly allowed for a credit card transaction to $49,999.99 and eliminates the
maximum dollar limit for a debit card transaction.
In addition, the U.S. Treasury will reject multiple credit card transactions from a single credit
card in a single day that total more than $49,999.99. The system will also reject transactions
charged to a credit card on that day that exceed the total daily dollar limit of $49,999.00. The
FCC policy will conform to the U.S. Treasury policy. Fee payors needing to remit amounts
of $50,000.00 or greater must use alternative methods of payment: check, debit card, ACH or
FedWire. Beginning on October 1, 2013, the alternative methods of payment for amounts
$50,000 or greater will be limited to debit cards and ACH or FedWire payments. The FCC
will post warnings on FCC websites to remind licensees of the U.S. Treasury policy.
Additional information can be found at http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/regfees.html
Regulatory fee payments that exceed the U.S. Treasury limit and are rejected by Treasury, causing a
payment not to meet the required payment deadline, will be subject to interest, fees, and a 25% late