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FCC Proceeds with 2020 Regulatory Fees

The FCC is not suspending its regulatory fee increase on broadcasters during the pandemic, as some broadcasters had asked. The FCC's operations are funded by fees levied on regulated entities, including broadcaster, cable operators and satellite operators. The commission Wednesday (May 13) voted to propose collecting $339 million in regulatory fees for 2020. That includes the fee increase for broadcasters continuing to increase the fee DBS operators pay to get it closer to that paid by cable MVPDs. Satellite operators used to pay per-license, but the FCC several years ago migrated it to a per-sub fee, similar to cable, but starting low and ramping up the fee annually. The FCC will also, for the first time, charge non-U.

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