Jump to content

It's Time to Pay the Piper


NS7X
 Share

Recommended Posts

Or at least, the FCC.

After nearly 50 years of not collecting fees, and now that the licensing system is automated, and now the FCC no longer has to pay for examiners, and now that the FCC incurs very little expense to oversee the Amateur Radio Service, it's decided it needs to collect a $35 license fee.  

I suppose I'm not surprised, but I am concerned.  You see, radio frequencies are a commodity and hams have enjoyed a free ride because the FCC has valued our contributions to public service and the research and development of new technologies.  But now, apparently, its attitude has changed.

Thirty-five bucks for a ten year license is  not that big a deal for most of us.  Yet what is the likelihood that, in a few years, it becomes $35/10year/band usage?  For those of us who only operate on one or two bands, that'd probably still be no big deal.  But I'm just wondering how such a slippery slope could affect Amateur Radio.

You can read Part 97 in its entirety and never find the word "hobby."  We are a service - the FCC defines us as such.  Perhaps we should remind the Commission of that fact.

35 dollars.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Administrators
ELMER

So, I'm of three minds. I'll start with the respectful dissent 😇 I don't think it'll be a slippery slope. And if it is, I don't think it'll be per band; no way they could track or enforce that. It could be a price hike down the road; that maybe. As far as to have a fee, or not... Like I said, of different minds. I think that if when I had been licensed there was a token fee to register, I would not have balked. We pay for our driver's licenses, etc. So the $35 does not seem steep. Will I be okay if they kept it free, yup, that too. What bothers me more is the lack of respect for our 'service' while they simultaneously hike the price. If you think that we're valuable enough to charge us, then help us keep the 'service' alive. Let us put up our antennas. Let us keep our bands. And stop blocking legislation in Congress. If you want our money, give us the service 😶

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...
  • Administrators
ELMER

Hi Lind. I've been wanting to use that 'confused' reaction for a while. In the strictest sense, you are 100% correct. I should not have put that statement, or the band statement, or the blocking legislation one for that matter, in a thread specific to fees. Let's call it a rant 😇 And in fact, the 'confused' icon is likely the wrong one to use. I should have used an agreement one, but like I said, I've been dying to use it and this was the closest time I've come to justifying it. 😎

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've a rumor that the FCC is looking to make license fees payable annually.  Also, I wouldn't be surprised if the FCC decided to charge according to license privileges - the higher the license, the bigger the fee.

  • Unfortunate | Sad | Too bad 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...