Fire up your computer, free up some space on your credit cards and get your FRN information ready – you’ve got until SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 to get your reg fees paid … but don’t count on paying between 6:00 p.m., September 2 and 8:00 a.m., September 8.
And we thought last year – when the FCC didn’t announce the 2014 regulatory fees until August 29 – was bad. This year the Commission has procrastinated three more days, waiting until September 2 to announce its final 2015 regulatory fees. Since the FCC apparently isn’t inclined to make life easy for anybody, we’ll do what we can: here’s a link to a convenient table setting out the new fees for broadcast-related services. [Spoiler Alert: The final fees for radio are as proposed back in May. TV fees, on the other hand, show slight (i.e., less than $400) increases across all markets.]
As it did last year, the Commission has again taken the (previously) unusual step of simultaneously announcing the deadline for reg fee payments. That would be 11:59 p.m. (ET) on September 24, 2015.
As has always been the case, failure to pay reg fees on time can have dire consequences. Those include: a late payment penalty of 25% of the unpaid amount, starting immediately after the deadline; additional processing charges for collection of late fees; and administrative penalties, such as withholding of action on any applications from delinquent parties, eventual dismissal of such applications, and even possible revocation proceedings. And remember, the FCC will not be sending you a hard-copy reminder of your reg fee bill. Continue Reading