The FCC has released its annual Report and Ordershowing the regulatory fees due for the 2014 fiscal year. The due date is Sept. 23, 2014. The fees are intended to recover the Commission's cost of operations, estimated to be nearly $340 million, which is the same amount attempted to be collected as last year. The FCC will not be mailing out any notices of fees due, so companies must log in to view and pay their invoice. Fees paid even one day late will be subject to a 25 percent penalty plus administrative processing charges, so timely payment is critical.

For most services, fees are based on FCC licenses and permits held as of Oct. 1, 2013 (the first day of the 2014 fiscal year), although cable TV rates are based on the number of basic subscribers as of Dec. 31, 2013, and telecommunications and interconnected VoIP services are assessed 0.343% of 2013 calendar year interstate telecommunications revenues reported on Form 499-A. Where there has been a subsequent assignment or transfer of control, fees are to be paid by the current permittee or licensee as of the payment due date this month. Noncommercial stations and all nonprofit entities are exempt from paying regulatory fees.

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