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Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested.

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SUMMARY:

The Federal Communications Commission, 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(s), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Public Law No. 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 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 Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be Start Printed Page 5336submitted on or before April 3, 2006. 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:

You may submit all your Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments by e-mail or U.S. postal mail. To submit your comments by e-mail send them to PRA@fcc.gov. To submit your comments by U.S. mail, mark them to the attention of Cathy Williams, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1-C823, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For additional information about the information collection(s) send an e-mail to PRA@fcc.gov or contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418-2918.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control Number: 3060-0027.

Title: Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station.

Form Number: FCC Form 301.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; Not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Respondents: 3,328.

Estimated Time per Response: 2-4 hours.

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

Total Annual Burden: 8,613 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $45,526,847.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Needs and Uses: This FCC Form is to be used to apply for authority to construct a new commercial AM, FM, or TV broadcast station or to make changes in the existing facilities of such a station. In the case of new station and major modification proposals, this application is filed by either the successful bidder at a broadcast frequency auction or by an applicant proposing facilities that are not mutually exclusive with any other application filed during the same window and thus not subject to the Commission's comparative bidding procedures. All proposals for minor changes to authorized commercial stations are also to be filed on this form.

On November 4, 2005, the Commission released the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), In the Matter of Digital Television Distributed Transmission System Technologies, MB Docket No. 05-312; FCC 05-192. With this NPRM, the Commission proposes to revise FCC Form 301 to accommodate the use of a distributed transmission system (“DTS”) network. Applicants seeking to create a DTS network or add transmitters to an existing DTS network must file a minor change application using a FCC Form 301.

OMB Control Number: 3060-0837.

Title: Application for DTV Broadcast Station License.

Form Number: FCC Form 302-DTV.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; Not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Respondents: 610.

Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 hours.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement.

Total Annual Burden: 965 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $257,500.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Needs and Uses: Licensees and permittees of DTV broadcast stations are required to file FCC Form 302-DTV to obtain a new or modified station license, and/or to notify the Commission of certain changes in the licensed facilities of these stations. The data is used by FCC staff to confirm that the station has been built to terms specified in the outstanding construction permit, and to update FCC station files. Data is then extracted from FCC Form 302-DTV for inclusion in the subsequent license to operate the station.

On November 4, 2005, the Commission released the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), In the Matter of Digital Television Distributed Transmission System Technologies, MB Docket No. 05-312; FCC 05-192. With this NPRM, the Commission proposes to revise FCC Form 302-DTV to accommodate the use of a distributed transmission system (“DTS”). Applicants will file Form 302-DTV to get a license to cover the construction permit that authorized DTS.

OMB Control Number: 3060-0029.

Title: Application for TV Broadcast Station License; Application for Construction Permit for Reserved Channel Noncommercial Education (NCE) Broadcast Station; Application for Authority to Construct or Make Changes in an FM Translator or FM Booster Station.

Form Number: FCC Form 302-TV, FCC Form 340 and FCC Form 349.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 2,665.

Estimated Time per Response: 1-4 hours.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; Recordkeeping requirement; One-time reporting requirement; Third party disclosure requirement.

Total Annual Burden: 8,130 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $17,892,625.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Needs and Uses: FCC Form 302-TV is used by licensees and permittees of TV broadcast stations to obtain a new or modified station license and/or to notify the Commission of certain changes in the licensed facilities of these stations. FCC staff use the data to confirm that the station has been built to terms specified in the outstanding construction permit.

FCC Form 340 is used to apply for authority to construct a new noncommercial educational (NCE) FM and TV stations or to make changes in the existing facilities of such a station. The FCC Form 340 is to be used for channels that are reserved exclusively for noncommercial educational use and on non-reserved channels if the applicant proposes to build and operate a NCE station.

Existing authorized noncommercial educational analog stations seeking to receive authorization for commencement of Digital TV (DTV) operation must file FCC Form 340 for a construction permit. This application may be filed anytime after receiving the initial DTV channel allotment, but must be filed before the mid-point in a particular applicant's required construction period. The Commission will consider these applications as minor changes in facilities. Applicants do not have to supply full legal or financial qualification information. In addition, applicants for a newly allotted DTV channel reserved for noncommercial educational use(s) must also file the FCC Form 340.

FCC Form 349 is used to apply for authority to construct a new FM translator or FM booster broadcast station, or to make changes in the existing facilities of such stations. This form also includes the third party disclosure requirement of 47 CFR Section 73.3580. Section 73.3580 requires local public notice in a newspaper of general circulation of all application filings for new or major change in facilities. This notice must be completed within 30 days of the tendering of the application. This notice must be published at least twice a week Start Printed Page 5337for two consecutive weeks in a three-week period. A copy of this notice must be placed in the public inspection file along with the application.

On November 4, 2005, the Commission released the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), In the Matter of Digital Television Distributed Transmission System Technologies, MB Docket No. 05-312; FCC 05-192. With this NPRM, the Commission proposes to revise FCC Form 340 to accommodate the use of a distributed transmission system (“DTS”) network. Applicants seeking to create a DTS network or add transmitters to an existing DTS network must file a minor change application using FCC Form 301.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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