On October 13, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Media Bureau released an update to the Catalog of Eligible Expenses (the “Catalog”) that it will use as a guide when processing requests for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund. Comments on the proposed updates are due by November 14, 2016 and reply comments are due by November 29, 2016.
The Media Bureau first sought comment in September 2013 regarding the types of costs that should be included in the Catalog and how to determine whether such costs are reasonable. Based on that record and a report that the agency commissioned from Widelity, Inc., the Bureau adopted its initial Catalog in October 2015.
The proposed changes to the Catalog include increases in baseline costs previously proposed; the addition of new categories of expenses; and the removal of other categories of expenses which have been discontinued or the Bureau has determined will likely not be required due to technological advancements.
In addition to seeking comment on the specific proposed changes in the updated Catalog, the Bureau also is seeking comment on how to adjust baseline costs during the three year reimbursement period. The Bureau proposes to adjust prices annually based on the Producer Price Index annual average.