FCC Application Fees Now 1.8% Higher


It’s going to cost a little bit more to file anything with the Federal Communications Commission.

A Federally mandated price increase went into effect August 30, with a 1.8% wholesale rate increase implemented.

The jump in rates reflects changes in the U.S. Consumer Price Index for all consumers in urbanized areas. This increase represents an increase of 4.292 index points calculated from October 2013 to October 2015.

The application fees are reviewed every two years to reflect adjustments in the CPI.

A Renewal of Station Authorization, Assignment of License or Transfer of Control, and a Special Temporary Authority request are now each $70.

A commercial TV license renewal is now $190 per application.

Meanwhile, the FCC fee for a New or Major Change Construction Permit is $3,830 via electronic filing.

A Main Studio Request is $1,070.

Notification of the fee adjustments will be published in the Federal Register.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.