[AMRadio] Something to ponder while the filaments are warming up. was: Good News

Ronnie Hull w5sum at comcast.net
Wed May 27 17:18:43 EDT 2015

Now watch this! They will start charging you for a paper license! Remember, it's the federal government, they are ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!
They are going to collect it somehow!

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> On May 27, 2015, at 16:12, Jim Wilhite <w5jo at brightok.net> wrote:
> Frankly I am happy about this decision.  To renew a non-vanity license has not cost a thing, but if you  received a vanity call there  was a fee every time you renewed.  In the beginning they discussed establishing a fee for the initial application then following that, there would be no fee.  That didn't go over so well because the fee proposal ranged from around $50 to 100 and us cheap hams didn't want to pay that exorbitant amount.  So, since the inception of the vanity program we have paid a fee to apply and a fee every time we renewed.
> All the real work is in the initial application and grant.  Now those of us who have vanity calls will not be charged to simply renew, and remember guys, they no longer send paper licenses automatically, you have to request one.  I think all that can be done when you renew online, or if you make a modification on  line one may be generated.
> Jim
> W5JO
> -----Original Message----- 
> Absolutely amazing!
> So a while back the Congress authorized government departments to collect fees to cover the expense of their specific activities serving citizens (many of whom already pay taxes for the departments to service their needs.)
> So the FCC sets up a fee schedule to cover the cost of issuing vanity call licenses.  Over the years this fee increases to the current $21.40.
> Now the FCC discovers that it costs more than $21.40 to process the fees and proposes eliminating the fee to save money!  Only in our government, which has the power to set fees,  could they develop a system that costs more to process the fees than the fees generate and claim a cost savings by eliminating the collection of a fee. Amazing!
> In the meanwhile, the cost of issuing the vanity call licenses continues but without the FCC trying to collect a specific fee to cover the expense of issuing the license.   What happened to the original goal of covering the expense of issuing the licenses?  The FCC is now going to spread that across the other license fees.  That doesn't seem to follow the spirit of the direction from Congress to have the service paid for by the citizen receiving the service. Oh well, probably the current Congress won't notice or care since that idea was developed by an earlier Congress and who knows what they might have been thinking.
> Wonder if anyone in the FCC even thought of changing the system so the fee is not collected until the license is about to be awarded thus eliminating the need to refund fees?  Nah.......
> Something to ponder while the filaments are warming up.
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