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

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before April 8, 2013. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of Start Printed Page 8529time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES:

Direct all PRA comments to Cathy Williams, FCC, via email PRA@fcc.gov and to Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control Number: 3060-0609.

Title: Section 76.934(e), Petitions for Extension of Time.

Form Number: Not applicable.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; and State, local, or tribal governments.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 20 respondents; 10 responses.

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

Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours.

Total Annual Burden: 80 hours.

Total Annual Costs: None.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority is contained in Sections 4(i) and 623 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

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

Needs and Uses: 47 CFR 76.934(e) states that small cable systems may obtain an extension of time to establish compliance with rate regulations provided that they can demonstrate that timely compliance would result in severe economic hardship. Requests for the extension of time should be addressed to the local franchising authorities (“LFAs”) concerning rates for basic service tiers.

OMB Control Number: 3060-1100.

Title: Section 15.117(k), TV Broadcast Receivers.

Form Number: N/A.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 1,000 respondents; 5,000 responses.

Frequency of Response: Third party disclosure requirement.

Estimated Time per Response: 0.25 (15 minutes).

Total Annual Burden: 1,250 hours.

Total Annual Cost: None.

Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Obligation to Respond: Mandatory. The statutory authority for this information collection is contained in Sections 1, 2(a), 3(33), 3(52), 4(i), 4(j), 7, 301, 303(r), 303(s), 309, 336, 337 and 624 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

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

Needs and Uses: As of the June 12, 2009 statutory digital television (DTV) transition deadline, all full-power television stations stopped broadcasting in analog and are broadcasting only digital signals. Section 15.117(k) of the Commission's rules requires sellers of TV sets (and other TV receiver equipment) that do not contain a digital tuner to disclose to consumers at the point-of-sale that such devices include only an analog tuner and, therefore, are not able to receive over-the-air TV broadcasts. (Consumers with analog-only television equipment are not able to receive an over-the-air broadcast signal unless they get a digital TV or a box to convert the digital signals to analog or subscribe to pay TV service, such as cable or satellite.) The Commission adopted this labeling (disclosure) requirement in 2007 to protect consumers by ensuring that they are made aware at the point-of-sale about the limitations of analog-only television receivers. Note that, while the Commission's rules prohibit the manufacture or import of television receivers that do not contain a digital tuner, the rules do not prohibit the sale of analog-only television equipment from inventory. For this reason, the Commission decided it was necessary to impose this requirement. Although the DTV transition deadline has passed, analog-only TV equipment remains available in the marketplace and this disclosure requirement, therefore, remains necessary to continue to protect consumers.

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: 106 respondents; 300 responses.

Estimated Hours per Response: 0.5 to 4 hours.

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

Total Annual Burden: 500 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 U.S.C. 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 provided 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 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 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 Start Printed Page 8530in 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.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2013-02512 Filed 2-5-13; 8:45 am]

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