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. Regulatory fees are to be paid for GSO and NGSO Space Stations that are licensed and operational as of October 1, 2016. The following schedule applies for the listed services:

Fee category Fee amount
Space Stations (Geostationary Orbit) $140,925
Space Stations (Non-Geostationary Orbit) 135,350
Earth Stations: Transmit/Receive & Transmit only (per authorization or registration) 360

(b)International Terrestrial and Satellite.

(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 satellite operators must pay a fee for each 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 these purposes 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 64 KB circuit or equivalent will be determined for each fiscal year.

International Terrestrial and Satellite
(capacity as of December 31, 2016)
Fee amount
Terrestrial Common Carrier
Satellite Common Carrier
Satellite Non-Common Carrier
$0.03 per 64 KB Circuit

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

Submarine Cable Systems
(capacity as of Dec. 31, 2016)
Fee amount
<2.5 Gbps $8,600
2.5 Gbps or greater, but less than 5 Gbps 17,175
5 Gbps or greater, but less than 10 Gbps 34,350
10 Gbps or greater, but less than 20 Gbps 68,725
20 Gbps or greater 137,425
[ 82 FR 44346, Sept. 22, 2017]
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