K9HI: “License Fee NPRM—Filing Comments to MD Docket 20-270” at Sci-Tech ARS, October 27, 2020

New England Sci Tech logoSTARS Online Meeting: Tuesday, Oct 27, 7:00 pm.
– “FCC Proposal for $50 Fees” speaker tonight – Phil Temples K9HI will do a presentation about the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new fee structure and how YOU, as an individual, can easily and appropriately participate in a writing campaign to fight it.
Open forum – all topics welcome! Each Tuesday after the regular meeting, join us for Ham Radio Shop Talk begins after the meeting, approx. 8:00 pm, on the same Zoom link. Hang out and join us.
Phil will explain the issues and how your voice can be heard.
Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed this past August. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees.

The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.” The fees Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the October 15, 2020 Federal Register (https://tinyurl.com/yyk8f2yp). The deadline for comments is November 16, 2020, and the Reply comment deadline is November 30, 2020.

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