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NAB Files Comments Urging FCC to Reexamine Fee Proposal


National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters

NAB filed comments with the FCC Tuesday regarding the Commission's proposed regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2022. NAB previously expressed concern with the FCC's proposal to subject local radio broadcasters to regulatory fee rates for 2022 of $381.95 million, which includes a whopping 13% increase for radio stations over the last fiscal year. In its comments, NAB urged the Commission to:

  • Ensure its methodology to properly account for the benefits received by the payor by the Commission's activities

  • Refrain from holding broadcasters responsible for costs associated with the Commission's broadband work

  • Reallocate broadband-related costs among fee payors that benefit from the FCC's broadband activities

  • Consider increasing the de minimis fee amount

The Commission says these regulatory fees cover direct costs, such as salaries and expenses; indirect costs, such as overhead functions; statutorily required tasks that do not directly equate with oversight and regulation of a particular regulate but instead benefit the Commission and the industry as a whole; and support costs such as rent, utilities and equipment.

Here is the proposed fee schedule for the fiscal year 2022:

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