2021 NCE Filing Window Rate Card and Conditions

The following are the rates based on level of effort for REC filing applications for new construction permits and major change applications in the upcoming 2021 filing window for noncommercial educational (NCE) stations operating on the 20 reserved band channels between 88.1 and 91.9 MHz (channels 201~220).  These rates apply to all markets.  The government (FCC) does not charge any filing fees for NCE broadcast stations.

  Applicant Type Level of effort rate
Basic Channel searches - Initial channel searching can be conducted at no charge through REC's NCE Preliminary Search Tool and other resources within REC.  We note that in certain cases, this tool may return a false positive result.  If you do get a positive result for the area, please contact REC to verify the result at no charge.   All applicants $0
Detailed Evaluation - With a site, REC will review a specific channel and a specific location to determine directional field values and ERP necessary to propose a compliant site.  This information then can be used to submit to antenna manufactuers to provide quotes for custom directional antennas.  Can also be used for business cases to demonstrate potential coverage. First channel (This initial $500 will be credited towards the overall cost if the prospective applicant decides to use REC for filing.) $500
Each additional channel $150
Basic Application - Original construction permit filing. If a new organization, the preparation of exhibits to demonstrate to the FCC that applicant is NCE qualified. Obtaining new FRN, if necessary.  One minor modification application, if necessary, to resolve mutual exclusitivity. Post construction filing of license to cover application. Ownership report after licensing (see §73.3615(e)(1)). New organization that currently does not have any NCE licenses (radio or TV). $1,500
Organization that is already an NCE licensee (radio or TV) seeking first or additional FM NCE stations. $1,200
Organization that is currently an LPFM licensee seeking to "graduate" to NCE on divestiture of their LPFM authorization. $1,000
Organization that is an LPFM licensee seeking to propose no more than what would have been an LP-250 facility (250 watts @ 30 meters HAAT) $800
Assignment of LPFM license - As existing LPFM stations would need to divest their LPFM station prior to the NCE station engaging in program test, they will need to either surrender their LPFM license to the FCC for cancellation or they will need to assign (transfer) their LPFM license to a different qualified nonprofit organization.  This additional fee would handle the assignment of the LPFM station to a different qualified nonprofit organization.  Current LPFM licensees if there is no consideration (no money changing hands). $150
Current LPFM licensees if there is consideration involved and/or an asset purchase agreement. (Client must provide own Asset Purchase Agrement.) $250
Directional antenna - Directional antennas are more complex in NCE.  Antennas traditionally used for FM translators can't be used. Client responsible for obtaining antenna field values from manufacturer. Client also responsible for proof of performance and any required verification of installation. Note that proof of performance studies can run into the thousands.  Due to the overall expenses involved, REC discourages the use of directional antennas where possible. Any applicant requesting a directional antenna. $400
§307(b) showing - When there are competing applications, the FCC gives priority to applicants that can provide first or second educational service to at least 2,000 persons (based on 60 dBu contours of stations on 88.1~91.9). This includes population counts within the areas where the proposal will provide first or second service. This is also known as "fair distribution" Any applicant wishing to claim fair distribution priority. $250
Channel 6 showing - Stations that are located within a specific distance of one of the 10 full-service channel 6 TV stations must also demonstrate a lack of interference to the full-service channel 6 station.  This fee covers the contour studies and overlapping population counts. Any applicant needing a Channel 6 report and the contour study shows no overlap between the interfering contour of the proposed station and the protected contour of the channel 6 station. $100
Any applicant needing a Channel 6 report and the contour study does show overlap between the interfering contour of the proposed station and the protected contour of the channel 6 station and additional population studies are necessary. $300
Shared Broadcast Tower - Station is proposed for a tower site that currently has other FM broadcast services on it.  A radio frequency radiation study is necessary to show compliance with NEPA exposure guidelines. Any application on a shared broadcast tower. $100
International Protection - Proposals near the borders with Canada or Mexico on channels short-spaced with foreign allotments in order to demonstrate compliance with international agreements. Any application short-spaced to a foreign allotment. $150


REC Networks (REC) is Michelle Bradley, acting as an individual. REC’s rates are non-refundable, including situations where applications are not successful (including elimination during the comparative process for mutually exclusive applications).  If the application is dismissed and can possibly be reinstated nunc pro tunc, then REC will handle the amended application at no additional charge.

Due to the competitive nature of filing windows, there is a risk that an application will not be granted.  By using REC services, the client acknowledges this risk and our fees (either full or partial) are not refunded in that case.

Refund exception: If funds are collected by REC prior to the start of an FCC application freeze and subsequent activity by an incumbent station makes no option available, REC will refund 66% of the amount paid.  The remaining amount is retained due to the work involve prior to collection.  Once the application freeze starts, there will be no refunds.

Applicants should acquaint themselves with Part 73 of the FCC rules, especially subparts D, H and K.

REC does not have any attorneys, therefore we ae unable to file Petitions to Deny, Informal Objections, Petitions for Reconsideration or any responsive or subsequent pleadings.  REC will work with your selected retained attorney should the need arise.

Amendments to the application due to the applicant requesting a change, such as a new site or channel or other changes due to incorrect information originally provided to REC would incur additional charges based on the level of effort required.

Applicants are responsible for obtaining assurance for the site proposed on the original application and must provide contact name and number of property/tower owner.  Applicants proposing new towers of over 200 feet or within the glide slope of airports may require an antenna structure registration, which is not included in the above rates.  Directional antenna applicants must obtain a proof of performance for their antenna and a surveyor confirmation at the time of construction at their own expense.

Proposals for new stations must specify a community of license that is recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Gazetteer or otherwise can qualify as a community for allotment purposes.  The proposed facility must place a 60 dBu contour over at least 50% of the proposed community of license. 

Applicants who are not already FCC noncommercial educational (NCE) licensees (radio or TV) must have at the time of filing, their articles of incorporation as a non-profit corporation filed with any state.  Unincorporated associations require a statement from an attorney detailing the state unincorporated association law and how the applicant qualifies as an unincorporated association (REC highly discourages taking the unincorporated association route as they are rarely successful).  Applicants are responsible for keeping their corporate status current (through filing annual reports through the state) otherwise an application can be dismissed by the FCC due to a lapse in corporate status. The FCC highly frowns on unincorporated associations and they are not recommended.  These organizations must obtain FCC Registration Number or they can provide REC with their Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and a FRN will be applied for.  The FRN must match the name of the corporation.  The FCC will not license NCE stations to for-profit corporations, LLCs, partnerships or individuals.  

Applicants must provide their FRN password to REC for application handling.  For new organizations without an FRN, we will get a password when we apply for the FRN.

Individual board members must be identified and that each board member must not have any adverse actions that would need to be considered to be eligible for an FCC licensee.  This includes previous felony arrests or convictions in the past 10 years and any situations where the FCC has previously determined on a previous FCC proceeding that a certain party must disclose a prior adverse action by the FCC.  Board members who are currently under a denial of benefits under the U.S. Anti-Drug Act are prohibited from being a party to any FCC license. If a board member is denied student loans because of a previous drug conviction, this is the same thing.

Stations for this filing window are noncommercial educational. The use of the station for for-profit purposes including the sale of commercials is not permitted pursuant to 47 USC §399b and 47 CFR §73.503.  If you were hoping to make a profit from this station, then this is not the appropriate radio service to apply for.

Clients (applicants) are responsible for the following:

  • Obtaining and maintaining state corporate status for their organization.
  • Identifying the proposed transmitter site including negotiating with a tower site owner or manager, or if they are building at their own site, assuring that all zoning and land use permits are in order.
  • Antenna structure registrations when applicable.
  • For stations located on or near AM broadacst stations, any tests or FCC applications necessary to be filed by the impacted AM stations.  REC will advise in cases where AM stations must be notified. 
  • Negotiations with channel 6 stations to waive interference rules.
  • Obtaining broadcast equipment (including an FCC certified transmitter and EAS decoder) and construction of broadcast facility.
  • Adherence to Commission rules after the station is constructed including rules regarding public files/issues lists, license renewals, EEO and ownership reports.

Conflict of interest policy.  REC will not accept clients whose only option would be mutually exclusive with applicants that are previously retained by REC Networks (If each applicant can be accommodated on channels that would not cause a MX/conflict, then we will accept each applicant.  We will not put more than one applicant in an MX group.) The decision to take on a potentially conflicting applicant is at the discretion of REC based on the actual situation.  REC may discontinue accepting new clients due to internal capacity.

Payment terms

REC will not collect money until after it has been determined by us that the proposal meets technical rules.  Payment is normally handled in advance of filing using a major credit or debit card and is paid securely online. Checks must be payable to Michelle Bradley and mailed to Michelle Bradley, 11541 Riverton Wharf Rd, Mardela Springs MD 21837.

Split payments (installments) are not available. 

In some cases, equipment may be taken in lieu of portion of a payment.  Contact REC Networks to determine what type of broadcast equipment is needed, if any.