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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 other 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 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; the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; 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 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 December 3, 2012. 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 email to and


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


OMB Control Number: 3060-1033.

Title: Multi-Channel Video Program Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, FCC Form 396-C.

Form Number: FCC Form 396-C.

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: 2,200 respondents and 2,620 responses.

Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirement; Once every five year reporting requirement; Annual reporting requirement.

Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes—2.5 hours.

Total Annual Burden: 3,187 hours.

Total Annual Cost to Respondents: None.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority is contained in Sections 154(i), 303 and 634 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no assurance of confidentiality provided to respondents.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Needs and Uses: The FCC Form 396-C is a collection device used to assess compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program requirements by Multi-channel Video programming Distributors (“MPVDs”). It is publicly filed to allow interested parties to monitor a “MPVD's” compliance with the Commission's EEO requirements. All “MVPDs” must file annually an EEO report in their public file detailing various facts concerning their outreach efforts during the preceding year and the results of those efforts. “MVPDs” will be required to file their EEO public file report for the preceding year as part of the in-depth “MVPD” investigation conducted once every five years.

Federal Communications Commission.

Bulah P. Wheeler,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-24403 Filed 10-2-12; 8:45 am]