[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 44 (Friday, March 6, 1998)]
[Pages 11257-11258]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-5810]



Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Submitted to OMB for 
Review and Approval

February 27, 1998.
SUMMARY: 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 of 1995, Public Law 104-13. An agency 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 valid control 
number. 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; and (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 

DATES: Written comments should be submitted on or before April 6, 1998. 
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.

ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Judy Boley, Federal Communications 
Commission, Room 234, 1919 M St., N.W., Washington, DC 20554 or via 
internet to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies 
of the information collection(s), contact Judy Boley at 202-418-0214 or 
via internet at [email protected].

    OMB Control No.: 3060-0108.
    Title: Emergency Alert System, EAS Activation Report.
    Form No.: FCC Form 201.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit 
institutions, state, local, or tribal government.

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    Number of Respondents: 1,300.
    Estimated Time Per Response: .084 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement.
    Cost to Respondents: N/A.
    Total Annual Burden: 109 hours.
    Needs and Uses: The Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) was changed to 
the Emergency Alert System (EAS) effective January 1, 1997. This change 
required that all EBS collections/forms be corrected to reflect the 
name change. The EAS Activation Report postcard was developed as part 
of the EAS planning program. The program is a tri-agency agreement 
between the FCC, the NOAA National Weather Service, and the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The postcard was recommended for 
use in the program by the National Industry Advisory Committee (NIAC).
    The postcard allows the three agencies to assess the success of the 
program and identify the areas of the country that need further 
assistance in developing their local EAS plan.

    OMB Control No.: 3060-0629.
    Title: Section 76.987, New Product Tiers.
    Form No.: N/A.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 500.
    Estimated Time Per Response: .5 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and third 
party disclosure requirement.
    Cost to Respondents: $500.
    Total Annual Burden: 250 hours.
    Needs and Uses: Section 76.987(g) states that within 30 days of the 
offering of a New Product Tier (NPT), operators shall file with the 
Commission, a copy of the new rate card that contains the following 
information on the BSTs, CPSTs, and NPTs: (1) The names of the 
programming services contained on each tier, and (2) the price of each 
tier. Operators also must file with the Commission, copies of 
notifications that were sent to subscribers regarding the initial 
offering of NPTs. After this initial filing, cable operators must file 
updated rate cards and copies of customer notifications with the 
Commission within 30 days of rate or service changes affecting the NPT.
    The information contained in NPT filings is used by the Commission 
to ensure that cable operators are complying with conditions set forth 
for NPTs, i.e., that operators are not making fundamental changes to 
what they offer on their tiers of service, and that subscribers are 
given due notice of NPT offerings.

    OMB Control No.: 3060-0685.
    Title: Annual Updating of Maximum Permitted Rates for Regulated 
Cable Services.
    Form No.: FCC Form 1240.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit, state, local, or tribal 
    Number of Respondents: 4,500.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 10.5 hours (avg.).
    Frequency of Response: Annual reporting requirement.
    Cost to Respondents: $1,134,000.
    Total Annual Burden: 47,250 hours.
    Needs and Uses: FCC Form 1240 is used by cable operators to file 
for annual rate adjustments to maximum permitted rates for regulated 
services to reflect external costs. The FCC Form 1240 implements an 
optional rate methodology where cable operators are permitted to make 
annual rate adjustments, as opposed to quarterly FCC Form 1210 rate 
adjustments. Cable operators' initial FCC Form 1240 filings are 
permitted to include projected rate changes attributable to the period 
between the last date for which historical cost data is available and 
the effective date of the new rates.

Federal Communications Commission.
Magalie Roman Salas,
[FR Doc. 98-5810 Filed 3-5-98; 8:45 am]