FCC amateur radio fees NPRM published

The Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)  regarding  amateur radio fees (20-270)  has been  published in the Federal Register. This action has started the clock ticking for the deadline to post comments regarding this action.

As of this posting, 1,791 comments have been submitted, but more are needed.

You are encouraged to view or submit comments prior to the close of the 30 day comment period.  Kermit Carlson’s post on the K9RN reflector provides more information about the commenting process.       

The deadline for comments for November 16, 2020. 

The following excerpt is from the ARRL Central Division Director, Kermit Carlson (W9XA). Mr. Carlson’s message, sent to all ARRL Central Division members, can be read in its entirety on the MCWA K9RN Groups.io reflector. It contains additional material important to the commenting process.

Many Central Division members have contacted me in the past month about the FCC’s proposal for a $50 “application fee” for license applications in the Amateur Radio Service.

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making was published in yesterday’s Federal Register.  The deadline for comments is November 16, and the Reply comment deadline is November 30.

Since the “official” comment period is now open and now is the time to file comments against this proposal!

…This subject is critical, the timing is critical.  I urge you to contact the FCC. The address and related information is contained in the article referenced in the Federal Register. Please use your own words to express your objections to the proposed fees.

Updated 10/20/2020 to better highlight comment link and update number of comments.