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Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority

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Notice and request for comments.


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 take this opportunity 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; (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 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 (PRA) that does not display a valid OMB control number.


Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be submitted on or before April 30, 2012. 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.


Submit your PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget, via fax at 202-395-5167 or via Internet at and to Judith B. Herman, Federal Communications Commission, via the Internet at To submit your PRA comments by email send them to:


Judith B. Herman, Office of Managing Director, (202) 418-0214.


OMB Control Number: 3060-0859.

Title: Suggested Guidelines for Petitions for Ruling Under Section 253 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Form Number: N/A.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities and State, Local, or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 24 respondents; 24 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 63 to 125 hours.

Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement.

Obligation To Respond: Voluntary. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. Section 253 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Total Annual Burden: 1,698 hours.

Total Annual Cost: N/A.

Privacy Impact Assessment: N/A.

Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this expiring information collection to the OMB after this comment period in order to obtain the full three year clearance from them. The Commission is requesting an extension (with no change in the reporting requirement). There is a reduction in the estimated number of respondents/responses and the annual burden hours because very few requests for preemption pursuant to section 253 have been filed in recent years.

The Commission published a Public Notice in November 1998 which established various guidelines for the filing of petitions for preemption pursuant to section 253 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, as well as guidelines for the filing of comments opposing such requests for preemption. The Commission will use this information to discharge its statutory mandate relating to the preemption of state or local statutes, regulations, or other state or local legal requirements.

Section 253 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended; added by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, requires the Commission, with certain important exceptions, to preempt (to the extent necessary) the enforcement of any state or local statute or regulation, or other state or local legal requirement that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting any entity from providing any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service. The Commission's consideration of preemption under section 253 typically begins with the filing of a petition by an aggrieved party. The Commission typically places such petitions on public notice and requests comment by interested parties. The Commission's decision is based on the public record, generally composed of the petition and comments. The Commission has considered a number of preemption items since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and believes it is the public interest to inform the public of the information necessary for full consideration of the issues likely to be involved in section 253 preemption actions. In order to render a timely and informed decision, the Commission expects petitioners and commenters to provide it with relevant information sufficient to describe the legal regime involved in the controversy and to provide the factual information necessary for a decision.

Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-4817 Filed 2-28-12; 8:45 am]