When stations are transferred,
there are all sorts of forms involved, some financial, some
One that gets overlooked from
time to time is the FCC Form 854 - to report an ownership
change for a tower.
When a station is
transferred, the contract agreement may well include the real
property and the tower(s). However, the FCC requires a
separate notification of the change in tower ownership.
Section 17.57 of the Rules
requires owners of registered antenna structures to
immediately notify the Commission, using FCC Form 854, upon
any change in structure height or change in ownership
information. Failure to file the from will eventually result
in a NAL for $3k and up.
The Commission considers this
important, stating: "Maintaining current ownership contact
information in the Antenna Structure Registration database is
particularly important, because it enables the Commission and
individuals to notify the structure owner promptly in the
event of a lighting failure or other malfunction."