FCC Seeks User Fee Hike

Broadcasters and cable TV operators would face hikes in FCC user fees to pay for 1995 regulation under a proposal released Jan. 18.

VHF TV stations in the top 10 markets would be required to pay $21,540 to the FCC, up from $18,000 a year ago. Cablers would be assessed 510 per subscriber, up from 370 in 1994.

The FCC proposal stems from Congress’ ongoing effort to make regulated industries pay for the cost of FCC oversight.

Under the FCC proposal, VHF TV stations in markets below the top 10 would pay between $5,950 and $19,075 for 1995 FCC regulation. UHF station payments would range from $4,775 in the smallest markets to $17,150 in the 10 largest markets.

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