NAB Pushes Back Hard on FCC Fee Increase

Why ought to radio and TV stations subsidize the prices of FCC workers who’re tasked with pursuing “a 100% broadband coverage”?The National Association of Broadcasters is once more asking that query (opens in new tab) and others, pushing again in opposition to a proposed 13% hike in broadcaster regulatory charges (opens in new tab) that’s pending on the fee.In reply feedback filed Monday, the NAB pressed the FCC to proceed to exempt broadcasters from paying for prices related to the implementation of the Broadband DATA Act, and to exempt broadcasters from paying for Universal Service Fund actions.It additionally requested the FCC to make sure that broadcasters aren’t accountable for prices related to the 84 direct full-time workers within the Media Bureau which are assigned to execute its broadband coverage. “These FTEs [full-time equivalents] ought to as an alternative be allotted as oblique FTEs or paid for solely by cable/DBS suppliers to the extent they specifically profit from the broadband work carried out.”And it requested that the fee cap broadcasters’ payment enhance at 5% in order to not impair their capability to serve their communities.“The fee’s proposal to impose a 13% payment enhance on broadcasters is unfair, unsustainable and illegal,” NAB wrote. It echoed a submitting by state broadcast associations, stating that the proposed enhance in broadcast payment income “almost totals the fee’s whole finances enhance. This consequence is solely indefensible and the product of an outdated methodology.”The affiliation mentioned large tech firms and different companies ought to bear their share. “Shouting ‘Wi-Fi Tax!’ does nothing to alter the equation. These main companies exploit fee sources to generate substantial revenues, but rely on different industries to pay the tab.”This article initially appeared on TV Tech sister model Radio World.

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