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Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval

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Start Preamble January 14, 2004.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Communications Commissions, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid 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 control number. Comments are requested concerning (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) 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.

DATES:

Written comments should be submitted on or before March 15, 2004. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES:

Direct all comments to Les Smith, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1-A804, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554 or via the Internet to Leslie.Smith@fcc.gov or Kim A. Johnson, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Room Start Printed Page 699210236 NEOB, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 395-3562 or via the Internet at Kim_A._Johnson@omb.eop.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For additional information or copy of the information collection(s) contact Les Smith at (202) 418-0217 or via the Internet at Leslie.Smith@fcc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control Number: 3060-0551.

Title: Sections 76.1002 and 76.1004, Specific Unfair Practices Prohibited.

Form Number: N/A.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for profit entities.

Number of Respondents: 20.

Estimated Time per Response: 1-25 hours.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; Third party disclosure.

Total Annual Burden: 260 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $50,000.

Needs and Uses: On June 28, 2002, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O), In the Matter of Implementation of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, Development of Competition and Diversity in Video Programming Distribution: Section 628(c)(5) of the Communications Act, Sunset of Exclusive Contract Prohibition, CS Docket No. 01-290, FCC 02-176. The R&O modified 47 CFR 76.1002(c)(6)—to extend the term of the prohibition on exclusive agreements between cable operators and vertically integrated programmers. The prohibition will expire on October 5, 2007 unless circumstances in the video programming marketplace indicate the prohibition continues to be necessary. FCC staff will use this information to determine on a case-by-case basis whether particular exclusive contracts for cable television programming comply with the statutory public interest standard of Section 19 of the 1992 Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act and Section 628 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Section 301(j) of the 1996 Telecommunications Act amends the restrictions of Section 628 to include common carriers and their affiliates that provide video programming.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 04-3056 Filed 2-11-04; 8:45 am]

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