September 19, 20172017 Regulatory Fees Now Due
ONE WEEK OUT!!
As you should already know, the FCC deadline for payment of fiscal year 2017 regulatory fees is September, 26. We are now one week out. Reg Fees must be paid by September 26th, 2017 (11:5p ET).
Fees are owed on all authorizations held on October 1st, 2014 or held on the fee due date.
The process for regulatory fee payments must be initiated through the FCC's on-line Fee Filer system. All payments must be made by on-line credit or debit card or by wire (for which additional procedures apply) or ACH. Full payment must be received by the September 26th deadline in order to avoid the 25% late payment penalty, plus interest and processing fees.
July 25, 2017WARNING BELL - Online Public File for All
We are only 30 days away from the six-month warning bell when all radio all broadcasters must be have their FCC online public file fully functional. Broadcasters who are mindful of their public file responsibilities will recall that in June 2016, the online public file ...
July 13, 2017FM Translator Window 3: Change In Policy
The FCC will accept FM Translator Window 3 Applications from proposed assignees of on file assignment applications for AM Class C and Class D AM stations. Given the extremely short filing window, a critical problem was presented by the requirement that applications ...
June 20, 2017AM Cross-Service FM Translators - Round 3 - July 26th - August 2nd - Start Your Engines
Kicking off the first summer month of 2017, on June 1st the FCC released the much-anticipated the third round in new FM translators for AM stations. The first of two new FM cross-service translator auction filing windows were announced for July 26th through August 2nd. ...
May 9, 2017Employment 'Broad Outreach' - What Is It Now?
The FCC has just released declaratory ruling that broad outreach in hiring may now be achieved under its rules solely with Internet notice, provided certain standards are met. To understand this development, a little history is useful. It is nearly 15 years since the ...
April 18, 2017In Memoriam - Roy J. Stewart
By the time you read this, many of you will have learned Roy Stewart, former FCC Media Bureau Chief, passed away last week. Roy Stewart was one of a kind and holds a special place in the hearts and minds of nearly every person involved with media law and regulation in ...
March 28, 2017Ready To Fool Your Listeners With Clever ‘Fake News’ On April Fools’ Day? Careful … It Could Cost You!
I’ve warned about hoaxes before, but with a new administration in town, and “fake news” being the topic of the day, it might be a good idea to return to the topic. With all the talk about deregulation, regulatory review and elevation of business ...
February 28, 2017AM Revitalization - More Relief Coming From FM, But Caution Is Advised
In 2015, the FCC finally acted on proposals to "revitalize" AM radio, bringing its diverse programming to the larger audience captured by the FM dial. Six proposals were adopted, but the most impactful so far has been the opening of the 250-mile move-in FM translator ...
February 7, 2017Throw Out Those Letters - But Not Just Yet
Don't close it down just yet - but get ready. In his first FCC meeting leading the Commission, newly appointed Chairman Pai delivered on expectations that he would feel the pain of broadcasters. As one of his very first items served up for action, the Commission ...
Happy New Year! It's that time again for the first FCC regulatory responsibility of 2017. As we have notified you before, every broadcast licensee must place their issues and programs list in the station public file on a quarterly basis every January 10th, April 10th, ...