FCC Regulatory Fees are due by September 26 at 10:59 PM CDT for FY 2017. Payments must be made online using the FCC's Fee Filer System. Most non-commercial stations are exempt from the fees. Stations can check their fee status here by entering call letters or Facility ID. Some small market broadcasters will notice that the Commission has reduced fees this year. Please read the Davis Wright Tremaine memo and MBA FCC Counsel Gregg Skall's guidance for further information.
The FCC and FEMA have scheduled the next nationwide EAS test for September 27, 2017. All EAS participants are required to file Form 1 a month prior to the test on the FCC's Emergency Test Reporting System (ETRS). Although the filing deadline is Monday, August 28, you are urged to begin the filing process as soon as possible to avoid last-minute issues. See MBA FCC Counsel Gregg Skall's memo on the process of filing on ETRS. Read the CommLawCenter memo for further details. Also, review the FCC's ETRS FAQs sheet, the FCC's Public Notice of the nationwide EAS test, and the FCC's 2017 ETRS instructions.
By July 10, all commercial full power and Class A TV stations must prepare and file the Children's Programming Report on FCC Form 398 for the second quarter of 2017 and post online documentation demonstrating compliance with the limits on commercial matter aired during children's programming.