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Fees on the up-and-up

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Radio stations, some TV stations and winners of permits to build new broadcast facilities would pay higher regulatory fees in 2001 under proposed charges unveiled by the FCC.

Charges to VHF TV stations in top-10 markets would rise 13%, to $45,100. Stations in markets 51 through 100 would see their fees increase 8%, to $13,750. Radio station fees would climb between 4% and 25%.

The increases reverse a trend of nearly across-the-board cuts in recent years. Not everyone would see an increase, however. VHF TV outlets in markets 11 to 15 would get a 1.4% cut, and UHF stations in markets below the top 25 would get either a cut or see their fees remain the same.

The disparity was created because FCC officials aim to increase the revenue generated in each category by 7.75%, a target matching a congressionally mandated obligation for total fee revenue.

Consequently, in categories where there are relatively few licensees, a slight change in the number of operators would lead to a disproportionate change in fees. The change in top-10 VHF outlets’ obligations, for instance, was larger because the total number of outlets dropped by two to 42.

The fees for cable also are expected to climb. The FCC proposed to increase cable systems’ regulatory fees by 2 cents per sub, to 49 cents. The charge for cable antenna relay services would climb $2, to $55.

<p> <strong id="d9e19-7-b">Fee Category</strong> </p><p> <strong id="d9e23-10-b">FY 00</strong> </p><p> <strong id="d9e26-12-b">FY 01</strong> </p>

VHF TV

Markets 1-10

$39,950

$45,100

Markets 11-25

33,275

32,825

Markets 26-50

22,750

21,325

Markets 51-100

12,750

13,750

Remaining markets

3,300

3,275

Construction permits

2,700

3,075

UHF TV

Markets 1-10

$15,075

$15,150

Markets 11-25

11,425

12,300

Markets 26-50

7,075

7,075

Markets 51-100

4,225

4,075

Remaining markets

1,150

1,150

Construction permits

2,800

4,000

Other

Satellite TV stations (all markets)

$1,250

$740

Satellite TV construction permits

445

480

LPTV, TV/FM translators

280

305

Cable antenna relay service

53

55

Cable TV systems (per subscriber)

.47

.49

Earth stations

175

180

Space stations

94,650

98,125

<p>Fee Category</p><p>FY '00</p><p>FY '01</p>

More than 1 Million**

AM Class A

$4,375

$4,550

AM Class B

3,575

3,750

AM Class C

1,725

1,900

AM Class D

2,225

2,400

FM Classes A,B1,C3

3,575

3,750

FM Classes B,C,C1,C2

4,375

4,550

Fee Category

FY 00

FY 01

400,001-1 million**

AM Class A

$2,725

$2,850

AM Class B

2,200

2,300

AM Class C

1,200

1,300

AM Class D

1,450

1,550

FM Classes A,B1,C3

2,200

2,300

FM Classes B,C,C1,C2

2,725

2,850

125,001-400,000**

AM Class A

$1,950

$2,050

AM Class B

1,350

1,450

AM Class C

625

725

AM Class D

775

875

FM Classes A,B1,C3

1,350

1,450

FM Classes B,C,C1,C2

1,950

2,050

50,001-125,000**

AM Class A

$1,325

$1,375

AM Class B

850

900

AM Class C

425

475

AM Class D

650

700

FM Classes A,B1,C3

850

900

FM Classes B,C,C1,C2

1,325

1,375

20,001-50,00**

AM Class A

$800

$850

AM Class B

625

675

AM Class C

300

350

AM Class D

425

475

FM Classes A,B1,C3

625

675

FM Classes B,C,C1,C2

800

850

Fewer than 20,000**

AM Class A

$400

$450

AM Class B

300

350

AM Class C

200

250

AM Class D

250

300

FM Classes A,B1,C3

300

350

FM Classes B,C,C1,C2

400

450

AM construction permit

250

280

FM construction permit

755

925

*proposed

**market size

Source: FCC

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