Join Date: Apr 2006
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You're so LUCKY the fee was $200 not so long ago. That's right, the FCC went stark raving nuts and zoomed from $75 in the 1980's to $200 in the 1990's, and stayed there.
FCC license fees are required to be based upon their costs to the FCC (i.e. issuing, administering, enforcing) and last time I heard, the FCC simply refused to explain why the VHF fees are so exorbitantly steep. Even though they are required to justify the cost, by dollar, by law.
May I suggest, write to your Congresscritters, mine are useless. And only Congress (or a lawsuit) can force the FCC to explain this. There's no reason that a marine VHF license should cost any more than...A CB, ham, or GMRS license as far as I can see. No more paperwork, no more enforcement, no more recordkeeping.