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September 17, 2001
EXTENSION OF FISCAL YEAR 2001 REGULATORY FEE
Due to the disruption and cancellation of mail and air courier service throughout the United States during the week of September 10 - 14, 2001, the Fiscal Year 2001 Regulatory Fee Filing Window has been extended by three business days from 11:59 p.m. September 21, 2001 to 11:59 p.m. September 26, 2001.
All Fiscal Year 2001 Regulatory Fee Payments must be date stamped as received at Mellon Bank by 11:59PM EST, September 26, 2001, in order to avoid incurring a mandatory 25% late payment penalty. Electronic payments will be automatically date stamped immediately on authorization.
As outlined in the original Public Notices several methods of payment are allowable. To ensure that your payment is received within the filing window, there are expedited methods of payment, wire transfer or ACH, which may be used. Instructions are provided below.
WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
A wire transfer is a transaction that you initiate via your bank. It authorizes your bank to wire funds from your account to our lockbox bank, the Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, PA. All payments made by wire transfer (payable to the "Federal Communications Commission") must be supported by a completed FCC Remittance Advice (FCC Form 159) and Advice Continuation Sheet (FCC Form 159-C), if required. The FCC Form 159 must be faxed to Mellon Bank at (412) 209-6045 at least one hour before the wire transfer on the same business day. Indicate on the top of the FCC Form 159 "Wire Transfer - Regulatory Fee Payment." In the Box (1) - Lockbox#, located at the upper left hand corner, indicate "358835." Failure to submit the completed FCC Form 159 one hour prior to wiring payment will result in a delay in crediting your account. Due to Federal Reserve regulations, wire transfers received after 6:00 p.m. (EDT) will be credited the next business day.
The following information should be provided to your bank to complete the wire transfer:
ACH DEBIT PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
If you are interested in using Mellon's Customer Initiated Payment Program (CIP), a brief application form must be completed and a personal identification number (PIN) issued by the bank. Arrangements for using this process must be completed 14 days prior to submitting payment of the regulatory fee. After you have been set up for this program, you may want to submit your payment by September 25, 2001 to ensure that your payment is processed by the deadline date of September 26, 2001. Please use the FCC's website to obtain information and a copy of the Customer Initiated Payment Program (CIP) package. The website is located at www.fcc.gov/fees, and search the left side margin for Customer Initiated Payment Program (CIP). You can also contact the Revenue and Receivable Operations Group at (202) 418-1995 to request the Customer Initiated Payment Program Package.
For general information about regulatory fee filing or assistance with the Fee Filer 2001, please contact (877) 480-3201. The HELP LINE will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST) through September 27, 2001.
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