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Information Collection(s) Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Action

Notice; Request For Comments.

Summary

As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3502 -3520), the Federal Communications Commission invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection(s). Comments are requested concerning: whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimates; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.

The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that does not display a valid OMB control number.

 

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Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be submitted on or before February 28, 2013. If you anticipate that you will be submitting PRA comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the FCC contact listed below as soon as possible.

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Submit your PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), via fax at 202-395-5167 or via Internet at Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov and to Judith B. Herman, Federal Communications Commission, via the Internet at Judith-b.herman@fcc.gov. To submit your PRA comments by email send them to: PRA@fcc.gov.

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Judith B. Herman, Office of Managing Director, FCC, at 202-418-0214.

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OMB Control Number: 3060-0270.

Title: Section 90.443, Content of Station Records.

Form Number: N/A.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit entities, not-for-profit institutions and state, local or tribal government.

Number of Respondents: 65,295 respondents; 65,295 responses.

Estimated Time per Response:.25 hours.

Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirement.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. section 309(j) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Total Annual Burden: 16,324 hours.

Total Annual Cost: N/A.

Privacy Impact Assessment: Yes. Records of the Wireless Radio Services may include information about individuals or households, and the use(s) and disclosure of this information is governed by the requirements of a system of records, FCC/WTB-1, “Wireless Services Licensing Records”.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Respondents may request materials or information submitted to the Commission to be withheld from public inspection under 47 CFR 0.459 of their rules. Information within Wireless Radio Services is maintained in the Commission's system or records notice or `SORN', FCC/WTB-1, “Wireless Services Licensing Records”. Information on private land mobile licensees is maintained in the Commission's system of records. The licensee records will be publicly available and routinely used in accordance with subsection b of the Privacy Act.

Needs and Uses: Each licensee in the private land mobile radio service must comply with the recordkeeping requirement in 47 CFR section 90.443 of the Commission's rules. Specifically, paragraph (b) of this section requires that the dates and pertinent details of any maintenance performed on station equipment, and the name and address of the service technician who did the work be entered in the station records. These records will reflect whether or not maintenance of the licensee's equipment has been performed.

OMB Control Number: 3060-XXXX.

Title: Annual Report for Mobility Fund Phase I Support, FCC Form 690 and Record Retention Requirements.

Form Number: FCC Form 690.

Type of Review: New collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, not-for-profit institutions and state, local or tribal government.

Number of Respondents: 70 respondents; 820 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 18 hours.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and recordkeeping requirement.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. sections 154, 254 and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Total Annual Burden: 14,830 hours.

Total Annual Cost: N/A.

Privacy Impact Assessment: N/A.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality. The information to be collected will be made available for public inspection. Applicants may request materials or information submitted to the Commission be given confidential treatment under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.

Needs and Uses: The Commission is now submitting this collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval of a new collection.

On May 14, 2012, the Commission released the Third Order on Reconsideration of the USF/ICC Report and Order, FCC 12-52, which revised section 54.1009(a) of the Commission's rules. In adopting the rules, the Commission comprehensively reformed and modernized the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that all Americans have access to robust, affordable broadband and advanced mobile services. Concluding that mobile voice and broadband services provide unique consumer benefits, and that promoting the universal availability of such services is a vital component of the Commission's universal service mission, the Commission created the Mobility Fund.

Mobility Fund Phase I support will be awarded through a nationwide reverse auction to determine the entities that would receive support and the amount of support they would receive. For Phase I of the Mobility Fund, the Commission will provide up to $300 million in one-time support to immediately accelerate deployment of networks for mobile broadband services in unserved areas.

The Commission also established a separate and complementary one-time Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I to ward up to $50 million in additional universal service funding to Tribal Areas, including Alaska, to accelerate mobile broadband availability in these remote and underserved areas. The goal of Mobility Fund Phase I is to extend the availability of mobile voice service on networks that provide 3G or better performance and to accelerate the deployment of 4G wireless networks in areas where it is cost effective to do so with one-time support. Winning bidders that elect to provide supported services over 3G networks will have two years to meet their requirements and those that elect to deploy 4G networks will have three years and will receive three disbursements of support during the two or three year period.

Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2013-01766 Filed 1-28-13; 8:45 am]

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