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Regulatory Fee Exemption Fact Sheet

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Released: August 13, 2012


Federal Communications Commission


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

August 2012


General Exemptions

The Commission’s automated filing and payment system (“Fee Filer”) is now available for filing and
payment of FY 2011 regulatory fees. Regulatory fee payments must be RECEIVED by the
Commission no later than 11:59 PM, ET, on September 13, 2012.
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 attesting to its exempt
Also, a regulatee is exempt from paying regulatory fees if the sum total of all of its regulatory fees owed
is less than $10. Regulatees are responsible for calculating their own total fee obligation amount
associated with their various services to determine whether they qualify for this de minimis exemption.
The Commission reserves the right to request documentation that supports a de minimis exemption

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 and full service NCE television
broadcast station licensees are exempt from payment of regulatory fees, provided that these stations
operate solely on an NCE basis. If these stations are exempt, then the licenses that licensees hold for
any peripheral services are also exempt from payment of regulatory fees, provided that such licenses
are used solely in conjunction with 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. Also, emergency alert system (EAS) licenses for auxiliary
service facilities are exempt, as are licenses held for Educational Broadband Service (EBS).
Also, under our community service exemption, a broadcast facility/equipment does not owe
regulatory fees if it meets all three (3) of the following criteria: (1) is not licensed to, in whole or in
part, and does not have common ownership with, the licensee of a commercial broadcast station; (2)
does not derive income from advertising; and (3) is dependent on subscriptions/contributions from
the members of the community served for support. 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 payment
of regulatory fees.
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