By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 6-22-21

Add every state broadcasters’ association to the list of those arguing that a recent court ruling requires the Federal Communications Commission to reform its regulatory-fee process and start levying charges on those who benefit from agency work – and not just those, like broadcasters, that hold FCC licenses. To do otherwise, they said, is illegal.

The National Association of Broadcasters made that argument earlier this week.

In a June 4 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissing Telsat Canada’s challenge to the FCC’s decision to charge it a fee even though it is not a licensee, the court found that it was reasonable for the Commission to charge Telesat Canada a regulatory fee because it benefited from FCC activities.  » Read More