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Federal Communications Commission.


Notice and request for comments.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general public and Start Printed Page 31333other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. 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 on 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 PRA that does not display a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.


Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before August 1, 2011. 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.


Direct all PRA comments to the Federal Communications Commission via e-mail to and

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For additional information about the information collection, contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418-2918.

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OMB Control No.: 3060-0139.

Title: Application for Antenna Structure Registration.

Form No.: FCC Form 854.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit; non-profit institutions; and State, Local, or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 4,500 respondents; 4,500 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: .50 hours to complete FCC Form 854; 1 hour to place registration number at base of antenna structure.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement, recordkeeping requirement, third party disclosure requirement.

Obligation To Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in 47 U.S.C. 303(q), 154, 303, 391 and 309.

Total Annual Burden: 6,750 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $120,600.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: Yes.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Respondents may request materials or information submitted to the Commission be withheld from public inspection under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.

This information collection contains personally identifiable information on individuals which is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974. Information on the FCC Form 854 is maintained in the Commission's system of records, FCC/WTB-1, “Wireless Services Licensing Records.” These licensee records are publicly available and routinely used in accordance of Subsection (b) of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(b), as amended. Materials that are afforded confidential treatment pursuant to a request made under 47 CFR 0.459 will not be available for public inspection.

The Commission has in place the following policy and procedures for records retention and disposal: Records will be actively maintained as long as the individual remains a tower owner. Paper records will be archived after being keyed or scanned into the system. Electronic records will be backed up on tape. Electronic and paper records will be maintained for at least twelve years.

Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this expiring information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after this 60-day comment period in order to obtain the full three year clearance from them. The Commission is requesting OMB approval for an extension of this information collection (no change to the reporting, recordkeeping and/or third part disclosure requirements).

The FCC Form 854 is used to register structures used for wire or radio communication services in any area where radio services are regulated by the Commission; to make changes to existing structures or pending applications; or to notify the Commission of the completion of construction or dismantlement of structures, as required by Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Chapter 1, Part 17 (FCC Rules Part 17). Section 303(q) of the Commissions Act of 1934, as amended, requires the Commission to require the painting and/or illumination of radio towers in cases where there is a reasonable possibility that an antenna structure may cause a hazard to air navigation. In 1992, Congress amended Sections 303(q) and 503(b)(5) of the Communications Act to: (1) Make antenna structure owners, as well as Commission licensees and permittees responsible for the painting and lighting of antenna structures, and (2) to provide the non-license antenna structure owners may be subject to forfeiture for violations of painting or lighting requirements specified by the Commission.

Currently, each antenna structure owner proposing to construct or alter an antenna structure that is more than 60.96 meters (200 feet) in height, or that may interfere with the approach or departure space of a nearby airport runway must notify the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of proposed construction. The FAA determines whether the antenna structure constitutes a potential hazard, and may recommend appropriate painting and lighting for the structure. The Commission then uses the FAA's recommendation to impose specific painting and/or lighting requirements on subject licensees.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.

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[FR Doc. 2011-13432 Filed 5-27-11; 8:45 am]