Radio Regulatory Fees Don’t Change Much; TV Fees Dip

The commission has announced its proposed regulatory fees for FY2007.

Final fee amounts and filing deadline will be announced in a Public Notice that should be released at any time, law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman told clients in a memo.

Where increases occur, they are generally slight at $25, the law firm stated.

FM construction permit fees remain at $575. AM construction permit fees rise only slightly, from $395 to $400.

Commercial VHF television stations face slight fee reductions: in top 10 markets, those stations will see their annual fee fall from $64,775 to $64,300, and in markets 11 to 25, the fee falls from $47,775 to $46,350. While UHF construction permit fees decrease from $1,775 to $1,750, VHF construction permit fees increase from $3,400 to $5,125.

The wireless fees of general interest to broadcasters are left unchanged; annual fees for Part 74 Broadcast Auxiliaries remain at $10 per license. The fees for other wireless licenses will increase; for example, Part 90 Private Land Mobile Wireless Service license fees will now be $35 per.

This year’s fees are projected to raise more than $291 million. Last year’s regulatory fees raised more than $299 million.

(Radio World)