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FCC Hikes Radio Application Fees

Radio stations to pay hundreds of dollars more for some FCC applications

Commercial radio broadcasters in the United States will pay more to apply for construction permits, license assignments and special temporary authority requests. The Federal Communications Commission is adjusting the fees it charges radio stations, and other businesses under its purview, for the processing of applications and other filings.

The commission on Friday said it is adjusting its Schedule of Application Fees to reflect a net change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 11.6%. That will be applied to the fees various commercial AM and FM broadcast services pay. The rates will take effect 30 days after publication of the notice in the Federal Register.

This increase is not to be confused with the one involving annual regulatory fees that was recently in the news.

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