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Changes to Filing Regulatory Fees for Certain Wireless Services

by Kathy McLucas, Technologies, Systems and Innovation Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
June 16, 2011 - 03:37 PM

Today, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announced that new procedures for parties that file “up front” regulatory fees take effect on June 21, 2011.  The change involves certain wireless services that are required to pay a regulatory fee for the term of a license when an initial license application or renewal application is filed.  The wireless services where these changes apply are listed below.

Currently, both application fees and regulatory fees are included under a single fee payment type code as a single line item on FCC Form 159, Remittance Advice (Form 159).  Effective June 21, 2011, application fees and regulatory fees will have separate fee payment type codes, respectively, and must be listed as separate line items on the Form 159. 

These procedures do not apply to parties that pay annual regulatory fees.

There are a few things that you can do to ensure a smooth transition. 

1)  File applications online through the Universal Licensing System (ULS) and take advantage of the feature in ULS that generates a Form 159 with the application fees and regulatory fees calculated, and the appropriate fee payment type codes already completed.

2)  If you choose to complete the Form 159 on your own, consult the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide for information on the appropriate fees, including the fee payment type codes, based on the wireless service and the type of application filing.

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