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General Exemption Fact Sheet

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Released: September 5, 2013


Federal Communications Commission


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

September 5, 2013


General Exemptions

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
2013 Fee,
which can be found on the Commission website at
This Public Notice provides information about those entities that are exempt from payment of
regulatory fees. Government entities are not required to pay regulatory fees. Non-profit entities
(exempt under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code) also may be exempt. The Commission
requires that any entity claiming exempt status submit, or have on file with the Commission, a valid IRS
Determination Letter documenting its nonprofit status or certification from a governmental authority and
attesting to its exempt status. Licensees that are incorrectly identified as exempt from regulatory fees
are advised to contact the Commission's Financial Operations Help Desk at (877) 480-3201, Option 4.
Also, a regulatee is exempt from paying regulatory fees if the sum total of all the regulatory fees it owes
is less than $10. Regulatees are responsible for calculating their own total fee obligation to determine
whether they qualify for this de minimis exemption. The Commission reserves the right to request
documentation that supports a de minimis exemption claim.

Specific Service Category Exemptions

In addition to the general exemptions explained above, the following guidance applies to specific
service categories. Noncommercial educational (NCE) FM station licensees and full service NCE
television broadcast station licensees are exempt from paying regulatory fees, provided that these
stations operate solely on an NCE basis. If these stations are exempt, then the licenses held to
provide peripheral services are also exempt from regulatory fees, provided that such licenses are used
solely in conjunction with the commonly owned NCE stations. Peripheral services may include
auxiliary broadcast stations for AM/FM/TV/LPTV services, remote pickup stations, FM translators or
boosters, or TV translators or boosters. Emergency alert system (EAS) licenses for auxiliary service
facilities are exempt, as are licenses held for Educational Broadband Service (EBS).

Under our community service exemption, a broadcast facility is exempt from regulatory fees if it
meets all three of the following criteria: (1) it is not licensed to, and is not commonly owned in whole
or in part, by the licensee of a commercial broadcast station; (2) it does not derive income from
advertising; and (3) it is dependent for support on subscriptions/contributions from the members of
the community served. Finally, licensees of TV translator, TV booster, FM translator, FM booster,
and LPTV stations who have obtained a fee refund because of an NTIA facilities grant for their
station or a fee waiver because of demonstrated compliance with the eligibility and service
requirements of 73.621 of the Commission's rules are exempt from paying regulatory fees.
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