FCC Sets Sep. 20 Deadline for Fees

Agency Warns It Can Levy 25% Penalty on Late Filers

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has set Sept. 20 as the deadline for paying regulatory fees.

Cable operators, broadcasters and others have until that date to pony up the bucks. The FCC pays for its regulatory operations — its current budget is $341,923,845 — via those fees.

The agency encouraged licensees to start the fee filing process ASAP, pointing out that late filings are subject to a 25% penalty.

The FCC released its fee adjustments for 2013 on Aug. 12. It also decided to make Internet-protocol TV subject to similar fees to cable TV, but not until 2014.