FCC Accepting FY 2021 Regulatory Fees

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The FCC’s fee filer payment system is open to accept Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 regulatory fees. Although the fees will not become effective until the Commission’s rulemaking is published in the Federal Register, regulatees may begin to submit payments. The money must be received by the agency no later than 11:59 p.m., EDT, on September 24.

The Commission released a fact sheet for license holders in the following commercial wireless services: Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS), Broadband Radio Service (BRS) (formerly known as multipoint distribution service (MDS) and multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS), and local multipoint distribution service (LMDS).  

Who Must Pay: CMRS cellular licensees, CMRS mobile service licensees, and CMRS messaging licensees. CMRS providers owe regulatory fees for each license held as of October 1, 2020, even if a license expired after October 1, 2020. In instances where a license or authorization is transferred or assigned after that date, the fee must be paid by the party that holds the license or authorization on the fee due date.

Payment and Documentation Requirement: CMRS fees are assessed on the number of telephone numbers or subscriber counts. The fee is 15 cents per telephone number/subscriber count for: CMRS Cellular Radio (Part 22) and CMRS Mobile Services (Parts 22, 24, 27, 80 and 90), including non geographic telephone numbers. The fee is eight cents per subscriber count for: CMRS Messaging Services (Parts 22, 24 and 90).

BRS and LMDS providers owe regulatory fees for each license held as of October 1, 2020, even if a license expired after October 1, 2020. In instances where a license or authorization is transferred or assigned after October 1, 2019, the fee must be paid by the party that holds the license or authorization on the fee due date.

BRS Regulatory fees of $605 are assessed on a per license basis, whereas $605 regulatory fees for LMDS are assessed on a per call sign basis.

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