[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 238 (Monday, December 14, 2009)]
[Page 66130]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-29643]

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Notice of Public Information Collection Being Reviewed by the 
Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested

December 3, 2009.
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, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520. 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: Persons wishing to comments on this information collection 
should submit comments on or before February 12, 2010. 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 PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), via fax at (202) 395-5167, or via the 
Internet at Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov and to Judith B. Herman, 
Federal Communications Commission (FCC). To submit your PRA comments by 
e-mail send them to: PRA@fcc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith B. Herman, OMD, 202-418-0214. 
For additional information about the information collection(s) send an 
e-mail to PRA@fcc.gov or contact Judith B. Herman, 202-418-0214.

    OMB Control No: 3060-1096.
    Title: Prepaid Calling Card Service Provider Certification, WC 
Docket No. 05-68.
    Form No.: N/A.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 158 respondents; 1,896 responses.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 2.5 - 20 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly reporting requirement, third party 
disclosure requirement and recordkeeping requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Mandatory. Statutory authority for this 
collection of information is contained in 47 U.S.C. Sections 151, 152, 
154(i), 201, 202 and 254.
    Total Annual Burden: 15,800 hours.
    Total Annual Cost Burden: N/A.
    Privacy Act Impact Assessment: N/A.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: The Commission does not 
anticipate providing confidentiality of the information submitted by 
prepaid calling card providers. Particularly, the prepaid calling card 
providers must sent reports to their transport providers. Additionally, 
the quarterly certifications sent to the Commission will be made public 
through the ECFS process. These certifications will be filed in the 
Commission's docket associated with this proceeding. If the respondents 
submit information they believe to be confidential, they may request 
confidential treatment of such information under 47 CFR 0.459 of the 
Commission's rules.
    Need and Uses: The Commission will submit this information 
collection as an extension (no change in the reporting, recordkeeping 
and/or third party disclosure requirements) after this 60 day comment 
period to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in order to obtain 
the full three year clearance from them. The Commission has adjusted 
the total burden hour estimate by -62,900 hours which is due fewer 
    Prepaid calling car providers are to report on a quarterly basis 
the percentage of interstate, intrastate and international traffic and 
call volumes to carriers from which they purchase transport services. 
Prepaid calling card providers must also file certifications with the 
Commission quarterly that include the above information and a statement 
that they are contributing to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) 
based on all interstate and international revenue, except for revenue 
from the sale of prepaid calling cards by, to, or pursuant to contract 
with the Department of Defense (DoD) or a DoD entity.
    The Commission has found that prepaid calling card providers are 
telecommunications service providers and therefore are subject to all 
of the regulations imposed on telecommunications service providers, 
including contributing to the USF. See FCC 06-79.
    In the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), Congress 
directed the Commission to implement measure necessary to promote the 
advancement of universal service. In furtherance of this goal, section 
254(d) of the Act states that ``every telecommunications carrier that 
provides interstate telecommunications services shall contribute, on an 
equitable and nondiscriminatory basis, to the specific, predictable, 
and sufficient mechanisms established by the Commission to preserve and 
advance universal service.'' In addition, telecommunications carriers 
are required to pay intrastate and interstate access charges. The 
reporting and certification requirement will allow the Commission to 
ensure that prepaid calling card providers are complying with these 
    The Commission adopted reporting and certification requirements to 
obtain information necessary to evaluate whether all prepaid calling 
card providers are properly contributing to the USF, pursuant to 
section 254 of the Act. All prepaid calling card providers will now 
have to maintain records and report quarterly the percentage of 
interstate, intrastate and international traffic and call volumes to 
carriers from which they purchase transport services.

    Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.
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