By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-10-21

Broadcasters are working hard to try to get the FCC to reverse course on its plans to increase their user fees, in part to pay for the better broadband maps Congress has demanded of the commission.

The FCC pays for its operations through user fees — as well as auction proceeds when it comes to covering the expenses of conducting those.

National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith last week was on a phone conference with acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel to talk about the special appropriation of $33 million for the FCC to implement the Broadband Data Act, legislation that Smith and other NAB executives on the call said provided “no benefit whatsoever to broadcasters.”  » Read More