Released: March 23, 2022
EFFECTIVE DATE OF NEW APPLICATION FEE RATES FOR THE WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU
MD Docket No. 20-270
On December 23, 2020, the Commission adopted a Report and Order implementing a new application fee schedule which significantly updated the Commission’s previous fee schedule. See Amendment of the Schedule of Application Fees Set Forth in Sections 1.1102 through 1.1109 of the Commission’s Rules, MD Docket No. 20-270, Report and Order, 35 FCC Rcd 15089 (2020) (2020 Application Fee Report and Order). Pursuant to section 8(b)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, the Commission is required to review the application fee schedule in every even-numbered year, adjust the fees to reflect increases or decreases in the Consumer Price Index, and round to the nearest $5 increment. See 47 U.S.C. §158(b)(1). In addition to the adjustments required by subsection (b), the Commission shall also, by rule, amend the schedule of application fees established if the Commission determines that the schedule requires amendment so that: (1) such fees reflect increases or decreases in the costs of processing applications at the Commission or (2) such schedule reflects the consolidation or addition of new categories of applications. See 47 U.S.C. § 158(c).
As indicated in the 2020 Application Fee Report and Order, the new application fee rates will become effective when the Commission’s “information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules.” 2020 Application Fee Report and Order at 15155, para. 201.
On July 6, 2021, the Commission announced the new application fee rates for the Office of Engineering and Technology and the Media Bureau would become effective on July 15, 2021, See Effective Date of New Application Fees for the Office of Engineering and Technology and the Media Bureau, MD Docket No. 20-270, Public Notice, DA 21-747 (OMD 2021).
and on December 15, 2021, the Commission announced the new application fee rates for the Wireline Competition Bureau, the Enforcement Bureau, the International Bureau, and CALEA Petitions would become effective on December 15, 2021. See Effective Date of New Application Fees for the Enforcement Bureau, the Wireline Competition Bureau, and the International Bureau, MD Docket No. 20-270, Public Notice, DA 21-1496 (OMD 2021). Note that, on December 15, 2021, the Commission decommissioned and permanently discontinued its in-house online electronic payment system known as Fee Filer and replaced it with a new payment module contained in the Commission’s Registration System (CORES). See FCC Announces Decommissioning of Fee Filer as Method of Payment and Replacement with New Payment Module within CORES and Decommissioning of the Commission’s Red Light Display System and Replacement with a New Module within CORES, Public Notice (Dec. 1, 2021).
This Public Notice announces that the new application fee rates for the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, codified at 47 CFR § 1.1102, will become effective on April 19, 2022. 47 CFR § 1.1102.
Wireless application fees can be paid through the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) at https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/universal-licensing-system.
For further guidance regarding Wireless Telecommunications Bureau application fees, please refer to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide located at https://www.fcc.gov/licensing-databases/fees/application-processing-fees. For further information regarding this Public Notice, please contact Roland Helvajian, Program Analyst, Financial Operations, Office of the Managing Director, Roland.H...@fcc.gov.