ABA fighting back: FCC wants to hike TV and radio fees again in 2021
The FCC is once again proposing to HIKE regulatory fees for both TV and radio stations across the country. We’ve become the proverbial frog in the pot of water, with the FCC attempting to turn up the heat each year and hope broadcasters don’t notice. We’re noticing!
Over the last several years, the Arizona Broadcasters Association has joined with other state broadcasting associations to file official comments of complaint with the FCC.
Our comments in 2019 resulted in a 10% reduction in the fees proposed for radio, collectively saving radio stations $3,000,000 in regulatory fees that year. In 2020, we won a number of forms of pandemic relief on regulatory fees for broadcasters.
This is a long term battle, and we’re once again in fighting mode for 2021. The ABA is currently filing 2021 comments to oppose more planned hikes (averaging about 10%). We’ll keep you updated.