SPECIAL BULLETIN – US Forest Service Extends Comment Filing Deadline

February 25, 2022

ARRL Legal Counsel, David Siddall, K3ZJ informed us this morning that
the US Forest Service has sent a Notice to the Federal Register
yesterday announcing that they will re-open the window for comments on
the proposed new $1400 annual administrative fee for amateur repeater
sites on their land, and in fact, all users. This means that amateurs
that may have missed the earlier comment period, or who wish to file
additional arguments and information, can submit new filings between
March 1 and March 31. A copy of the Notice to be published on March 1
is here: https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2022-04254.pdf.

Please note the proposed fee is a new and separate fee, not an increase
to fees (such as rent) already being paid. If adopted, the existing
fee(s) – which generally have been around $130-140 annually for
amateur uses – would have to be paid in addition to the new proposed
annual administrative fee of $1400. This would put amateur
installations on par with those of commercial wireless entities such as
broadcasters, cellular providers and broadband entities.

On February 22nd the ARRL filed their official comments in strong
opposition to the new fees. The comments may be accessed here:
https://www.regulations.gov/comment/FS-2022-0001-0749

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Mike Ritz, W7VO


ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO
w7vo@arrl.org

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