By Public Notice released Friday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) announced that Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers (ITSP) and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers can now log in to preview the provider’s FY2017 regulatory fee data in the FCC’s Fee Filer system.  ITSPs and CMRS providers have limited time to request any revisions to the data on which fees are based and therefore are encouraged to review their proposed fee data in a timely manner.

Continue Reading ITSPs and CMRS Providers Can Now Review and Revise FCC Annual Regulatory Fee Information; September Payment Deadline Not Yet Set

It’s a new year and the FCC has just released its annual update to the FCC Form 499A.  Telecommunications providers must use the 2016 Form 499A to report calendar year 2015 revenues for purposes of calculating contributions to the federal Universal Service Fund and other revenue-based contribution requirements including TRS, LNP, NANP and annual

iStock_000006131068MediumAlthough the FCC has yet to release this year’s Annual Regulatory Fee Order, the Commission is preparing for the payments to be received next month.  In a public notice released on August 18, 2015, the FCC announced that Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers (ITSP) and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers can now review their annual

iStock_000008141839LargeToday, the Federal Communications Commission released a Policy Statement announcing a “treble damages” methodology to assess forfeitures for failure to make payment to a series of federal programs, a move which the agency anticipates will allow it to begin “significantly more investigations.”    The new policy appears to allow the FCC to impose significantly larger fines than in similar investigations in the past, but may implicate the FCC’s statutory maximum forfeiture authority in some cases.
Continue Reading In a Shift, FCC Shelves Prior Forfeiture Methodology For Failure to Pay Into USF and Other Federal Programs

As is customary every year, the FCC recently announced the due date for its annual FCC regulatory fees. Regulatory fees must be paid no later than 11:59 PM on September 13, 2012, Eastern Daylight Time. Most federal licensees and other regulated entities must pay these regulatory fees to offset costs associated with the FCC’s

As in years, past, we’re tracking the FCC Regulatory fees for you.  The Regulatory Fee is an annual assessment mandated by Congress to recover most of the FCC’s cost of doing business.  Regulatory fees are recovered directly from the entities the FCC regulates.  As I’ve noted before, the FCC collects nearly half of its fees from telecommunications carriers, an amount that I believe is disproportionate to the FCC’s overall activities.

The due date for regulatory fees varies from year to year, but the FCC must collect regulatory fees before the end of the fiscal year on September 30.  This year, the FCC announced that the fee is due on September 14th by 12 midnight.   As with the past few years, the FCC does not mail invoices and payments are due on-line.  Also, a late fee of 25% of the amount due is assessed on all late payments (no exceptions).

See Kelley Drye’s client advisory on the topic for more information.  For those paying regulatory fees, see the links below for more detail on where and how to pay the fees.  As a reminder, our Resource Center contains helpful links to the FCC and other sites of interest to regulated entities.

Continue Reading 2011 Regulatory Fee Update — Fees Due September 14

It’s official — FCC regulatory fees are due on August 31.  Here are the links you will need to make payment by the deadline:

FCC announcement of the August 31 deadline

FCC public notice — Payment methods and procedures

FCC public notice – Fee filer system

FCC public notice — ITSP fees (with payment code)

Following on the release of the 2010-11 TRS Fund contribution factor, the Commission today released its final regulatory fee schedule for FY 2010.  The Commission adopted a telecommunications provider fee that is slightly lower than it proposed in April.  The regulatory fee for telecommunications providers (including audio bridging providers) is $0.00349 per revenue