FCC Increases Application and Filing Fees

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released an Order amending its Schedule of Application Fees which increases FCC fees for processing applications and other filings. The Communications Act sets a standard for the FCC to follow when determining the amount of fees to collect.  The FCC is required to review its Schedule of Application Fees every two years, and make adjustments if needed to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  Adjustments to application fees are not applied until there is an increase or decrease, as determined by the net change in the CPI that amounts to at least $5.00 in the case of fees under $100, or five percent in the case of fees of $100 or more.  Fees which require adjustment are rounded up to the next $5.00 increment, and all fees are deposited into the general fund of the U.S. Treasury.  For the most part, increases are in the amount of $5.00 to $20.00.

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