2011 FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due by Sept. 14, 2011


All Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensees and permittees, including radio and television broadcasters, must pay their FCC annual regulatory fees for fiscal year 2011 by Sept. 14, 2011. Licensees and permittees are responsible for paying the FCC annual regulatory fees required for the authorizations they hold in a timely fashion, or they will face additional penalties and the possibility of delays in the processing of pending applications. Payment must be received by the FCC by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 14, 2011, in order to avoid an automatic 25 percent late fee.

Consistent with the procedures adopted last year, all licensees are required to process the annual regulatory fees online via the FCC’s Fee Filer website. In order to access the Fee Filer website and remit the regulatory fee payment, licensees must have a valid FCC Registration Number (FRN) and related password. Payment may be made by credit card or debit card, by check or money order, or by wire transfer. If a licensee prefers to remit payment by check, money order, or wire transfer, rather than paying electronically on-line, the licensee must first use the FCC’s electronic Fee Filer system to create a Form 159-E voucher generated by the Fee Filer system. That Form 159-E voucher must then accompany the submission of payment by check or money order (which must be sent to the FCC’s receiving bank in St. Louis, MO) or by wire transfer (which must be wired to the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, NY).

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