47 CFR § 1.1156 - Schedule of regulatory fees for international services.

§ 1.1156 Schedule of regulatory fees for international services.

(a) Geostationary orbit (GSO) and non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) space stations. The following schedule applies for the listed services:

Table 1 to Paragraph (a)

Fee category Fee amount
Space Stations (Geostationary Orbit) $124,060
Space Stations (Non-Geostationary Orbit) - Other 340,005
Space Stations (Non-Geostationary Orbit) - Less Complex 141,670
Space Stations (per license/call sign in non-geostationary orbit) (47 CFR part 25) (Small Satellite) 12,215
Earth Stations: Transmit/Receive & Transmit only (per authorization or registration) 620

(b) International terrestrial and satellite Bearer Circuits.

(1) Regulatory fees for International Bearer Circuits are to be paid by facilities-based common carriers that have active (used or leased) international bearer circuits as of December 31 of the prior year in any terrestrial or satellite transmission facility for the provision of service to an end user or resale carrier, which includes active circuits to themselves or to their affiliates. In addition, non-common carrier terrestrial and satellite operators must pay a fee for each active circuit sold or leased to any customer, including themselves or their affiliates, other than an international common carrier authorized by the Commission to provide U.S. international common carrier services. “Active circuits” for purposes of this paragraph (b) include backup and redundant circuits. In addition, whether circuits are used specifically for voice or data is not relevant in determining that they are active circuits.

(2) The fee amount, per active Gbps circuit will be determined for each fiscal year.

Table 2 to Paragraph (b)(2)

International terrestrial and satellite (capacity as of December 31, 2021) Fee amount
Terrestrial Common Carrier and Non-Common Carrier; Satellite Common Carrier and Non-Common Carrier $39 *

* Per Gbps circuit.

(c) Submarine cable. Regulatory fees for submarine cable systems will be paid annually, per cable landing license, for all submarine cable systems operating based on their lit capacity as of December 31 of the prior year. The fee amount will be determined by the Commission for each fiscal year.

Table 3 to Paragraph (c) - FY 2021 International Bearer Circuits - Submarine Cable Systems

Submarine cable systems (lit capacity as of December 31, 2021) Fee ratio
(units)
FY 2022
regulatory fees
Less than 50 Gbps .0625 $8,610
50 Gbps or greater, but less than 250 Gbps .125 17,215
250 Gbps or greater, but less than 1,500 Gbps .25 34,430
1,500 Gbps or greater, but less than 3,500 Gbps .5 68,860
3,500 Gbps or greater, but less than 6,500 Gbps 1.0 137,715
6,500 Gbps or greater 2.0 275,430
[87 FR 56556, Sept. 14, 2022]