FY 2012 Regulatory Fees for Wireless Services
Federal Communications Commission
FACT SHEET445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
WHAT YOU OWE – COMMERCIAL WIRELESS SERVICES FOR FY 2012The 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.
This Fact Sheet pertains to holders of licenses in the following commercial wireless services:
Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS), Broadband Radio Service (BRS) (formerly known as
multipoint distribution service (MDS) and multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS)), and
local multipoint distribution service (LMDS).
CMRS licensees include: specialized mobile radio services (Part 90); public coast stations (Part 80);
public mobile radio, cellular, 800 MHz air-ground radiotelephone, and offshore radio services (Part 22);
and PCS broadband services (Part 24). The CMRS messaging services category includes all one-way
(Parts 22 and 90), two-way paging, qualifying interconnected business radio services, 220-222 MHz land
mobile systems (Part 90), PCS narrowband services (Part 24) (e.g. one-way and two-way paging), and all
SMR systems authorized for operation with less than 10 MHz bandwidth (Part 90). All other private
wireless regulatory fees that are not noted here are paid in advance for the full license term and are
submitted along with the appropriate application fee.
Who Must Pay:CMRS cellular providers, CMRS mobile service licensees, and CMRS messaging
licensees. The CMRS messaging category includes all one-way (Parts 22 and 90), two-way paging,
qualifying interconnected business radio services, 220-222 MHz land mobile systems (Part 90), PCS
narrowband services (e.g. one-way and two-way paging), and all SMR systems authorized for operation
with less than 10 MHz bandwidth. CMRS providers owe regulatory fees for each license held as of
October 1, 2011, even if a 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.
Payment and Documentation Requirement:CMRS fees are assessed on the number of telephone
numbers or unit counts, as stated in the table below. If you received a letter from the FCC regarding
your CMRS cellular or mobile telephone number count based on your NRUF1 filing, and you have
revisions to the subscriber count, you will need to enter Fee Filer to make your revision. The FCC will
then review the revision and determine whether to approve or disapprove the new subscriber count. If
1 Numbering Resource Utilization Forecast (NRUF) report.
the revised figure is disapproved, an FCC staff member will be contacting you for additional
information. All other CMRS cellular and mobile licensees who did not receive a letter from the FCC
should use the number of telephone numbers or units as of
December 31, 2011. CMRS Messaging
(Paging) licensees were not sent a letter from the FCC, and should therefore use the number of
telephone numbers or units as of
December 31, 2011for their subscriber count.
Pursuant to 47 CFR Section 1.1157(d), CMRS providers must retain for a period of two (2) years from
the date on which their regulatory fee is paid, those business records that were used to calculate their
Type of Fee
Regulatory Fee Payment
Type CodeCMRS Cellular Radio (Part 22) and CMRS Mobile
$0.17 per telephone number/unit
Services (Parts 22, 24, 27, 80 and 90)
Beginning this year, all Cellular Radio and Mobile
Services are to use the same Payment Type Code
0711. No one should use Payment Type Code 0712.
CMRS Messaging Services (Parts 22, 24 and 90)
$0.08 per unit
BRS (FORMERLY MDS AND MMDS) AND LMDS PROVIDERS
Who Must Pay:BRS and LMDS providers owe regulatory fees for each license held as of October 1,
2011, even if a 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.
Fee Requirement:Regulatory fees for BRS are assessed on a per license basis, whereas regulatory
fees for LMDS are assessed on a per call sign basis as follows:
Type of License
Payment Type CodeBRS (Formerly MDS/MMDS)
LIMITATIONS ON CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONSThe 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-
02 (http://fms.treas.gov/tfm/vol1/announc.html) 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 process.
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
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.
MANDATORY USE OF FEE FILERFor 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 (https://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.
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