REC Networks - 2024 Professional Services Rate Card (NCE FM - Reserved Band)

This rate card is for full-service noncommercial educational (NCE) FM facilities operating in the reserved band between 88.1~91.9 MHz.  It is also for Class D NCE FM facilities on any channel.  It is effective from February 12, 2024.

Small station base rates apply to all Class D stations as well a station in any class with a 60 dBu service contour of 12.9 kilometers or less, which is the equivalent of 250 watts at 100 meters height above average terrain (HAAT) measued using 8 radials and with either NED1 or GLOBE terrain data, whichever returns the lower HAAT.  

Large station base rates apply to all other NCE facilities.

W-9 and post-payment is available only for public sector applicants only with a purchase order. 

A premium applies for base rate fees on requests within the Nielsen Audio Top 50 media markets.  Premiums do not apply to Class D stations.

Facility related services

Description Small stations Large stations
Base rate: Original construction permit a for Class D NCE FM station. (Alaska only)  Includes post-construction license to cover filing. $1,500 N/A
Base rate: Minor modifications (change in location, channel and/or antenna height that requires a construction permit).  Includes post-construction license to cover filing. $800 $1,100
Base rate: Channel change only at same location (no other changes)  Includes post-construction license to cover filing. $700 $900

Add-ons for Minor Modification and Channel Change base rate services eligible for bundling - rate based on number of services needed:

  • Channel 6 §73.525 study (for reserved band channels that are §73.525 short spaced)
  • Directional antenna study (with or without international compliance study)
  • International compliance study without directional antenna.
  • "Raleigh" waiver request.

1 item: $150
2 items: $250
3 items: $375

1 item: $200
2 items: $350
3 items: $500
add-on Radio astronomy notification for Arecibo (applies to all Puerto Rico applications) $50 
add-on Radio astronomy notification for National Radio Quiet Zone $100
add-on Community of License change $500
Base rate: License to cover application if REC did not handle the modification application ($50 upcharge if there are conditions that require documentation) $400
Base rate: Modification of license application (post change notifications of change in antenna, feedline and/or TPO) $400
Engineering Special Temporary Authority (STA) applications Depends on request.  Contact REC for custom quote.

 Administrative and other services

Description Small and Large Stations
Administrative Updates (name change of same organization, address and contact information changes) Free for REC clients with $350 minimum spend
$125 for other clients
Base rate: Assignment of License to a different organization (with or without consideration) $600 first station
$150 each additional station
Base rate: Pro-forma transfer of control (same organization, board member changes over 50%) $350 first station
$150 each additional station
EAS National Periodic Test handling - includes all three required forms $250 for one station
$200 per station for multiple stations
Silent notification / Silent STA in areas and at times when DIRS is not activated (includes resumption, but not extension filing) $300
Silent notification / Silent STA in areas and at times when DIRS is activated (in disaster area) (includes resumption, but not extension filing) Free for REC clients with $350 minimum spend
$125 for other clients
Resumption of Operations from being silent if notification/STA was not handled by REC $150
Extension of any STA $100 if REC handled STA
$150 for other clients
Contour and Longley/Rice coverage report (not available in AK, HI, Guam, American Samoa or CNMI) $350
Call sign change request $75

Special requests for services not described above will be charged based on estimated level of effort.  Please contact REC for details.

Top 50 Market base rate premiums

Premium is based on the total population that is within the 60 dBu service contour of the current facility that is located within any top 50 Nielsen Audio market and 50% of the 60 dBu contour is inside of a US Census Bureau designated urbanized area (2020 definition).  Premiums do not apply to grandfathered Class D stations.

Population in market Commercial applicants (% of base rate) Noncommercial applicants (% of base rate)
1~25,000 110% 100%
25,001~75,000 120% 100%
75,001~150,000 130% 100%
151,000~500,000 140% 100%
500,001~1,200,000 150% 100%
1,200,001~3,000,000 175% 125%
3,000,001~6,000,000 200% 140%
6,000,001 or greater 250% 155%