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Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, Comment Requested

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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 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.


Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be submitted on or before December 24, 2007. 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.


Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget, (202) 395-5887, or via fax at 202-395-5167 or via internet at and to, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1-B441, 445 12th Street, SW., DC 20554 or an e-mail to If you would like to obtain or view a copy of this information collection after the 60 day comment period, you may do so by visiting the OMB's ROCIS site at:​public/​do/​PRAMain.

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For additional information or copies of the information collection(s), contact Judith B. Herman at 202-418-0214 or via the Internet at

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OMB Control Number: 3060-0057.

Title: Application for Equipment Authorization.

Form No.: FCC Form 731.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit.

Number of Respondents: 600 respondents; 600 responses.

Estimated Time Per Response: 25 hours.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and third party disclosure requirement.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

Total Annual Burden: 250,000 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $11,107,500.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: N/A.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality.

Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this revision to the OMB after this 60 day comment period to obtain the full three-year clearance from them. On April 23, 2007, the Commission released a Second Report and Order, FCC 07-56, ET Docket No. 03-201. The Commission amended the rules to provide for more efficient equipment authorization of both existing modular transmitter devices and emerging partitioned (or “split”) modular transmitter devices in Section 15.212. Single modular transmitters consist of a completely self-contained radio frequency transmitter device that is typically incorporated into another product, host or device.

Split modular transmitters consist of two components: a radio front-end with antenna (or radio devices) and a transmitter control element (or specific hardware on which the software that controls the radio operation resides). All single or split modular transmitters are approved with an antenna. The modular transmitter must be labeled with its own FCC ID number, and if the FCC ID number is not visible when the module is installed inside another device, then the outside of the device into which the module is installed must also display a label referring to the enclosed module. This exterior label can use wording such as the following: “Contains Transmitter Module FCC ID: XYZMODEL1” or “Contains FCC ID: XYZMODEL1.” Any Start Printed Page 60671similar wording that expresses the same meaning may be used. The grantee may either provide such a label, an example of which must be included in the application for equipment authorization (FCC Form 731), or must provide adequate instructions along with the module which explain this requirement. In the latter case, a copy of these instructions must be included in the application for equipment authorization. The modular transmitter must comply with any specific rule or operating requirements applicable to the transmitter and the manufacturer must provide adequate instructions along with the module to explain any such requirements. A copy of these instructions must also be included in the FCC Form 731. FCC Form 731 will be modified to accommodate identification and validation of the specific devices approved by this rulemaking.

The rule change will benefit manufacturers by allowing greater flexibility in certifying equipment and providing relief from the need to obtain a new equipment authorization each time the same transmitter is installed in a different final product. The rule change in the Second Report and Order will also enable manufacturers to develop more flexible and more advanced unlicensed transmitter technologies.

In addition to the rule changes noted above, this requirement is being modified to reflect the growth in the use of the Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum for devices subject to equipment authorization. An adjustment is going to be reported to the OMB due to a reduction in the number of respondents filing the FCC Form 731 with the Commission. The number of responses is filed with both the FCC and the Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) and the total annual cost is reflected in this submission to the OMB.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,


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[FR Doc. E7-21030 Filed 10-24-07; 8:45 am]