FCC Proposes Lower Broadcast Regulatory Fees

Posted on May 30th, 2023 by

Yes, you read that headline correctly.  After many years of increased regulatory fees for broadcast stations, the FCC has proposed lowering the fees commercial broadcasters will have to pay this fall.  The lower fees are outlined in the FCC’s notice of proposed rulemaking, and on average will result is a savings of near 10%.  The rulemaking also proposes to add a new tier for radio stations that would ultimately lower fees for the smallest of broadcasters.  Comments are due June 14.

Typically, the FCC issues a final order in this proceeding in late August or early September, and then announces the deadline for payment of fees.