Let’s play some word association. If we say “Deadlines”, you might answer “Scary.”  Hence, the reason we’re publishing our November and December FCC deadlines post on Halloween.  Only, unlike the ghouls and goblins you may see on the streets tonight, these are real! Please note that the list is NOT exclusive, so there may be others. For help meeting these deadlines or answering questions about any that may not be listed here, please contact FHH at 703-812-0400.

Broadcast Deadlines: 

November 19, 2018 – EAS National Test – Participants’ ETRS Form Three Due – All EAS participants must submit Form Three, which reports the results of the national EAS test held on October 3.  If a station successfully received and passed on the test, it must report from which source it first received the test, when it received the test, when it passed on the alert, and other details of what was received.  If the station did not receive the test properly, it will be asked to explain why that was the case.

December 1, 2018 – EEO Public File Reports – All radio and television stations with five  or more full-time employees located in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont must place EEO Public File Reports in their online public inspection files. For all stations with websites, the report must be posted there as well. Per announced FCC policy, the reporting period may end ten days before the report is due, and the reporting period for the next year will begin on the following day.

EEO Mid-Term Reports – All television stations with five or more full-time employees in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont must electronically file a mid-term EEO report on FCC Form 397, with the last two EEO public file reports attached.

DTV Ancillary Services Statements – In the unlikely event that a DTV licensee or permittee has offered ancillary or supplementary services along with its broadcast service during the Fiscal Year and has charged a fee for such services, the lucky licensee must file an Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report.  In addition, it must separately submit a payment equal to five percent of the gross revenues received and an FCC Remittance Advice (Form 159) to the Commission.  The report specifically asks for a list of any ancillary services, whether or not a fee was charged, and the gross amount of revenue derived from those services.  Ancillary services do not include broadcasts on multicast channels of free, over-the-air programming for reception by the public.

Telecom Deadlines:

November 1, 2018Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet – All interstate telecommunications service providers, including resellers and Interconnected VoIP providers of interstate services, must report historical revenue for the third quarter (June to August 2018) on FCC Form 499-Q, as well as projected revenue for first quarter (January to March 2019) for the purpose of determining applicable Federal Universal Service Fund contributions.

Quarterly 911 Live Call Data Reports – Nationwide CMRS providers must report aggregate live call data collected in each of the Test Cities for the preceding quarter.

November 14, 2018

Quarterly PIU Reporting and Certification – Prepaid calling card providers (PCCPs) must report percentage of interstate use (PIU) factors and associated call volumes to carriers that provide them with transport services.  Additionally, PCCPs must file traffic information and a certification signed by a company officer stating that the provider is in compliance with the FCC’s PIU and USF reporting requirements.

December 2018 – No scheduled reporting/ certification deadlines for this month.