09.15.2010 11:00 AM
FCC Warns Licensees of Financial System Conversion
The Federal Communications Commission sent out a
flare this week to licensees whose regulatory fees are soon due. The commission
is converting to a new financial system next month and will effectively be
without one for two weeks. The old system is coming down Sept. 30, starting a
black-out period that will last through Oct. 18, when the new system is
activated. Thus, licensees and applicants won’t have access to the “red light”
alerts in the FCC database that indicate when fees are due.
“During the conversion, or “blackout,” period, the commission’s licensing
systems will not have full access to up-to-date payment information; nor will
those systems have access to current Red Light Display System statuses,” the
FCC notice reads. “Thus, applicants will not be able to view their current Red
Light status or recent payment activity online during the conversion period.
Similarly, commission staff will have limited ability during the conversion
period to access certain files and systems that track payments, and may,
therefore, be unable to verify account statuses during the conversion period.”
The FCC warns of processing delays during the conversion.
“Therefore, are urged to plan their licensing activities around the conversion
period and submit any applications before commencement of the conversion or
after completion of conversion to the new financial system,” the notice states.
According to the FCC’s recently launched License View
Web site, 8,177
licenses are eligible for renewal in all of October.
Further details are available in FCC DA
-- Deborah D. McAdams