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Notice of Public Information Collection 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, 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; (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 and (e) ways to further reduce the information burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.

The FCC 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.

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DATES:

Persons wishing to comment on this information collection should submit comments by May 3, 2010. 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), via fax on (202) 395-5167, or via e-mail to Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov and to Cathy Williams, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), via e-mail to Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov and PRA@fcc.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control Number: 3060-1103.

Title: Section 76.41, Franchise Application Process.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Form Number: N/A.

Respondents: Business or other for profit entities; State, local or tribal government.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 6,006 respondents; 24,000 responses.

Estimated Hours per Response: 0.5 to 4 hours.

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

Total Annual Burden: 54,000 hours.

Total Annual Cost: None.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 USC 151, 152, 154(i), 157nt, 201, 531, 541 and 542.

Confidentiality: No need for confidentiality required with this collection of information.

Needs and Uses: The Commission adopted on December 20, 2006 a Report and Order In the Matter of Implementation of Section 621(a)(1) of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as amended by the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (“R&O”), FCC 06-180, MB Docket 05-311. This R&O provides rules and guidance to implement Section 621 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Section 621 of the Communications Act prohibits franchising authorities from unreasonably refusing to award competitive franchises for the provision of cable services. The Commission has found that the current franchising process constitutes an unreasonable barrier to entry for competitive entrants that impede enhanced cable competition and accelerated broadband deployment. The information collection requirements adopted as a result of FCC 06-180 are as follows:

47 CFR 76.41(b) requires a competitive franchise applicant to include the following information in writing in its franchise application, in addition to any information required by applicable state and local laws: (1) the applicant's name; (2) the names of the applicant's officers and directors; (3) the business address of the applicant; (4) the name and contact information of a designated contact for the applicant; (5) a description of the geographic area that the applicant proposes to serve; (6) the PEG channel capacity and capital support proposed by the applicant; (7) the term of the agreement proposed by the applicant; (8) whether the applicant holds an existing authorization to access the public rights-of-way in the subject franchise service area; (9) the amount of the franchise fee the applicant offers to pay; and (10) any additional information required by applicable state or local laws.

47 CFR 76.41 (d) states when a competitive franchise applicant files a franchise application with a franchising authority and the applicant has existing authority to access public rights-of-way in the geographic area that the applicant proposes to serve, the franchising authority grant or deny the application within 90 days of the date the application is received by the franchising authority. If a competitive franchise applicant does not have existing authority to access public rights-of-way in the geographic area that the applicant proposes to serve, the franchising authority must perform grant or deny the application within 180 days of the date the application is received by the franchising authority. A franchising authority and a competitive franchise applicant may agree in writing to extend the 90-day or 180-day deadline, whichever is applicable.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Alethea Lewis,

Federal Register Liaison,

Office of the Secretary,

Office of Managing Director.

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[FR Doc. 2010-4369 Filed 3-2-10 8:45 am]

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