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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 January 12, 2011.


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, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520. 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 collection 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 currently valid OMB control number.


Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be submitted on or before March 22, 2011. 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, via fax at 202-395-5167 or via e-mail to and to the Federal Communications Commission via e-mail to and

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For additional information, contact Cathy Williams (202) 418-2918.

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OMB Control Number: 3060-0707.

Title: Over-the-Air Reception Devices (OTARD).

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: State or Local, or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 77 respondents; 77 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 2-5 hours.

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

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this collection is contained in Section 207 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Total Annual Burden: 288 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $17,100.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

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

Needs and Uses: Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“1996 Act”) directs the Commission to promulgate rules prohibiting restrictions on viewers' ability to receive over-the-air signals by television broadcast, multichannel multipoint distribution, or direct broadcast satellite services.

In a Report and Order, Memorandum Opinion and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, CS Docket No. 96-83, FCC 96-328, released August 6, 1996, the Commission fully implemented Section 207 of the 1996 Act by adopting final rules for a preemption of State, local and non-governmental regulations that impair viewers' ability to receive over-the-air signals. In doing so, the FCC acknowledged the necessity of allowing State, local and non-governmental entities to continue to enforce certain regulations and restrictions, such as those serving safety purposes, and therefore exempted them from its prohibition. Also, State, local and non-governmental entities were permitted to file petitions for waivers.

On September 25, 1998, the Commission released an Order on Reconsideration, FCC 98-214, in this proceeding that further modified and Start Printed Page 3891clarified Section 207 rules. Among other things, the Order on Reconsideration clarified how declaratory rulings and waivers in this matter are to be served on all interested parties. If a local government seeks a declaratory ruling or a waiver, it must take steps to afford reasonable, constructive notice to residents in its jurisdiction (e.g., by placing notices in a local newspaper of general circulation). Certificates of service and proof of constructive notice also must be provided to the Commission with the petition. In this regard, the petitioner should provide the Commission with a copy of the notice and an explanation of where the notice was placed and how many people the notice might reasonably have reached.

OMB Control Number: 3060-1105.

Title: Digital TV Transition Status Report, FCC Form 387.

Form Number: FCC Form 387.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; Not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 20 respondents and 20 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours.

Frequency of Response: One-time reporting requirement.

Total Annual Burden: 40 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $22,000.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in Sections 1, 4(i) and (j), 7, 301, 302, 303, 307, 308, 309, 312, 316, 318, 319, 324, 325, 336, and 337 of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i) and (j), 157, 301, 302a, 303, 307, 308, 309, 312, 316, 318, 319, 324, 325, 336, and 337.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Confidentiality is not required for this collection of information.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Needs and Uses: FCC Form 387 is used by licensees and permittees of full-power television stations to detail their digital television (DTV) transition status and to report the completion of their transition—specifically, that they have begun operating their full facility as authorized by the post-transition DTV Table Appendix B. The DTV transition deadline passed on June 12, 2009, meaning that full-power television stations may now broadcast only in digital. However, there are still some full-power TV stations that, because of a “tolling” event, have not commenced digital broadcasting (and so are off-the-air) or that are not operating at their full, authorized digital facility. Therefore, such stations are required to file the FCC Form 387 if and when they commence full, authorized digital operations.

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Bulah P. Wheeler,

Deputy Manager, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission.

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[FR Doc. 2011-1209 Filed 1-20-11; 8:45 am]