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

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Start Preamble June 4, 2009.


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 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 OMB control number.


Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before August 10, 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.


Submit your comments by e-mail to Include in the e-mail the OMB control number of the collection or, if there is no OMB control number, the Title shown in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. 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 contact Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget, via Internet at Start Printed Page 27550 or via fax at (202) 395-5167, or Cathy Williams, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1-C823, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC or via Internet at

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OMB Control Number: 3060-0010.

Title: Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations.

Form Number: FCC Form 323.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

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

Number of Respondents/Responses: 9,250 respondents; 9,250 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours.

Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirement; On occasion reporting requirement; Biennially reporting requirement.

Total Annual Burden: 21,375 hours.

Total Annual Costs: $14,670,000.

Nature of Response: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in Sections 154(i), 303, 310 and 533 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality with this information collection.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Needs and Uses: On December 18, 2007, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “Diversity Order”) in MB Docket Nos. 07-294; 06-121; 02-277; 04-228, MM Docket Nos. 01-235; 01-317; 00-244; FCC 07-217. Consistent with actions taken by the Commission in the Diversity Order, the following changes are made to Form 323: The instructions have been revised to incorporate a definition of “eligible entity,” which will apply to the Commission's existing Equity Debt Plus (“EDP”) standard, one of the standards used to determine whether interests are attributable. The instructions have also been revised to update citations to the Commission's media ownership rules.

In addition, on April 8, 2009, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “323 Order”) in MB Docket Nos. 07-294, 06-121, 02-277, 01-235, 01-317, 00-244, 04-228; FCC 09-33. Consistent with actions taken by the Commission in the 323 Order, the following changes are made to Form 323: The instructions have been revised to state the Commission's revised Biennial filing requirements adopted in the 323 Order. The instructions and questions in all sections of the form have been significantly revised. Many questions on the form have been reworked or reordered in order to (1) clarify the information sought in the form; (2) simplify completion of the form by giving respondents menu-style or checkbox-style options to select rather than requiring respondents to submit a separate narrative exhibit; and (3) make the data collected on the form more adaptable for use in database programs used to prepare economic and policy studies relating to media ownership.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,


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[FR Doc. E9-13646 Filed 6-9-09; 8:45 am]