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Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission for Extension Under Delegated Authority, Comments Requested

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Start Preamble July 15, 2008.


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. 3501-3520), the Federal Communications Commission invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the following information collection(s). 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. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control Start Printed Page 43229number. 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 OMB control number.


Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before September 22, 2008. 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.


Submit your comments by e-mail to Include in the e-mail the OMB control number of the collection. If you are unable to submit your comments by e-mail contact the person listed below to make alternate arrangements.

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For additional information about the information collection(s) or to obtain a copy of the collection send an e-mail to and include the collection's OMB control number as shown in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below, or call Leslie F. Smith at (202) 418-0217.

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OMB Control Number: 3060-1081.

Title: 47 CFR Sections 54.202, 54.209, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

Form Number: N/A.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 33 respondents; 262 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 0.25—3 hours.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits, as per 47 CFR Sections 54.202 & 54.209.

Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping and annual reporting requirements.

Total Annual Burden: 360 hours.

Total Annual Cost: None.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impacts.

Nature of Extent of Confidentiality: The Commission is not requesting respondents to submit confidential information to the Commission. If the Commission requests respondents to submit information which respondents believe is confidential, respondents may request confidential treatment of such information pursuant to section 0.459 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 0.459.

Needs and Uses: On March 17, 2005, the Commission released the Eligible Telecommunications Carriers Designation Framework Report and Order, CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 05-46. The information collection requirements ensure that eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) continue to comply with the conditions of the ETC designation and that universal service funds are used for their intended purposes. Specifically, each ETC must submit, on an annual basis, the following information: (1) Progress reports on the ETC's five-year service quality improvement plan; (2) detailed information on any outage lasting at least 30 minutes; (3) the number of unfulfilled requests for service from potential customers within its service areas; (4) the number of complaints per 1,000 handsets or lines; (5) certification that the ETC is complying with applicable service quality standards and consumer protection rules; (6) certification that the ETC is able to function in emergency situations; (7) certification that the ETC is offering a local usage plan comparable to that offered by the incumbent LEC in the relevant service areas; and (8) certification that the carrier acknowledges that the Commission may require it to provide equal access to long distance carriers in the event that no other ETC is providing equal access within the service area.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,


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[FR Doc. E8-16851 Filed 7-23-08; 8:45 am]