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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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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 of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520. 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:

Persons wishing to comment on this information collection should submit comments by February 20, 2009. 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 PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 202-395-5887, or via fax at 202-395-5167, or via the Internet at Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov and to Judith-B.Herman@fcc.gov, Federal Communications Commission (FCC). To submit your comments by e-mail send them to: PRA@fcc.gov.

To view a copy of this information collection request (ICR) submitted to OMB: (1) Go to the Web page http://www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAMain, (2) look for the section of the Web page called “Currently Under Review”, (3) click the downward-pointing arrow in the “Select Agency” box below the “Currently Under Review” heading, (4) select “Federal Communications Commission” from the list of agencies presented in the “Select Agency” box, (5) click the “Submit” button to the right of the “Select Agency” box and (6) when the list of FCC ICRs currently under review appears, look for the title of this ICR (or its OMB Control Number, if there is one) and then click on the ICR Reference Number to view detailed information about this ICR.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For additional information, send an e-mail to Judith B. Herman at 202-418-0214.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control No.: 3060-0400.

Title: Tariff Review Plan.

Form No.: N/A.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit.

Number of Respondents: 47 respondents; 47 responses.

Estimated Time Per Response: 61 hours.

Frequency of Response: Annual and biennial reporting requirements.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection (IC) is contained in section 47 U.S.C. 10(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Total Annual Burden: 2,867 hours.

Annual Cost Burden: N/A.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: N/A.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Respondents are not being asked to submit confidential information to the Commission. If the Commission requests respondents to submit information which respondents believe are confidential, respondents may request confidential treatment of such information under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.

Needs and Uses: This collection will be submitted as an extension (no change in the reporting requirements) after this 60 day comment period to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in order to obtain the full three year clearance.

The total annual burden hours has increased by 427 hours which is due to an increase in the number of price cap Start Printed Page 78358carriers (number of respondents from 40 to 47) from the last time this information collection was submitted to the OMB for review and approval in 2006.

Certain local exchange carriers are required to submit a biennial or annual Tariff Review Plan in partial fulfillment of cost support material required by 47 CFR Part 61. Sections 201, 202, and 203 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended require common carriers to establish just and reasonable charges, practices and regulations for their interstate telecommunications services provided. For services that are still covered under Section 203, tariff schedules containing charges, rates, rules, and regulations must be filed with the Commission. If the FCC takes no action within the notice period, then the filing becomes effective. The Commission is granted broad authority to require the submission of data showing the value of the property used to provide the services, some of which are automatically required by its rules and some of which can be required through individual requests. All filings that become effective are considered legal but only those filed pursuant to Section 204(a)(3) of the Act are deemed lawful.

For services that are detariffed, no tariffs are filed at the FCC and determination of reasonableness and any unreasonable discrimination is generally addressed through the complaint process.

Incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) can make a voluntary tariff filing at anytime, but are required to update rates annually or biennially. See 47 CFR Section 69.3. To minimize the regulatory burdens on reporting ILECs, as well as reviewers, the Commission has undertaken many reforms as described in the following: (1) The Commission has developed a standardized Tariff Review Plans (TRPs) which set forth the summary material ILECs file to support revisions to the rates in their interstate access service tariffs. (2) Incentive-based regulation (price caps) was developed by the Commission to simplify the process of determining the reasonableness of rates or rate restructures for ILECs subject to price caps. Supporting material requirements for price cap ILECs qualifying for pricing flexibility have been eliminated. In addition, ILECs having 50,000 or fewer access lines do not have to file any supporting material unless requested to do so. (3) Price cap ILECs can elect to be subject to Title I versus Title II of the Act for certain forms of internet access in order t offer their internet access services on a detariffed basis pursuant to private contracts. Rate-of-return ILECs can choose to change from tariffed to detariffed for the same internet services, but are still subject to Title II regulation. (4) Through forbearance, the Commission has allowed those ILECs whose petition has been granted to choose mandatory detariffing of certain broadband and packet services.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E8-30413 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]

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