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Cable Television Fact Sheet for FY 2013 Regulatory Fees

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Released: September 5, 2013


Federal Communications Commission


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

September 5, 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
). The Commission also publishes industry-specific guidance in Who Owes Fees & What Is
My FY 2013 Fee,
which can be found on the Commission website at
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.

Cable television systems operating on

October 1, 2012

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
were served on

December 31, 2012

should be used as the basis from which to calculate the fee
payment. Regulatory fees should be paid 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, 2012, even if a facility's license expired after
October 1, 2012. In instances where a license or authorization is transferred or assigned after
October 1, 2012, 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

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).

Cable System Subscriber Fee
$1.02 per subscriber
CARS License
$510 per license


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, referenced above.

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, 2013.2


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

2 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.

$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
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 payment penalty.
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 payment penalty.
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