[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 139 (Thursday, July 19, 2012)]
[Page 42497]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17517]

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

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: 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: 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 burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25 
    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.

DATES: Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be 
submitted on or before September 17, 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.

ADDRESSES: Submit your PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of 
Management and Budget, via fax at 202-395-5167 or via Internet at 
Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov and to Judith B.Herman, Federal 
Communications Commission, via the Internet at Judith-b.herman@fcc.gov. 
To submit your PRA comments by email send them to: PRA@fcc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith B. Herman, Office of Managing 
Director, (202) 418-0214.

    OMB Control Number: 3060-0600.
    Title: Application to Participate in a FCC Auction.
    Form Number: FCC Form 175.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, not-for-profit 
institutions and state, local or tribal government.
    Number of Respondents: 500 respondents; 500 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirements and third 
party disclosure requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. 
Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 
U.S.C. 4(i) and 309(j)(5) of the Communications Act of 1934, as 
    Total Annual Burden: 750 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: N/A.
    Privacy Impact Assessment: N/A.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: The Commission is not 
requesting respondents to submit confidential information to the FCC. 
If the applicants wish to submit information which they believe is 
confidential, they may request confidential treatment of such 
information under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.
    Needs and Uses: The Commission is seeking an extension of this 
information collection in order to obtain the full three year approval 
from OMB. There is no change to the reporting requirement.
    The information collected will be used by the Commission to 
determine if the applicant is legally, technically, and financially 
qualified to participate in a FCC auction. In addition, if the 
applicant applies for status as a particular type of auction 
participant pursuant to the Commission's rules, the Commission will use 
the information to determine if the applicant is eligible for the 
status requested.
    The Commission's auction rules and requirements are designed to 
ensure that the competitive bidding process is limited to serious 
qualified applicants; to deter possible abuse of the bidding and 
licensing processes; and to enhance the use of competitive bidding to 
assign Commission licenses in furtherance of the public interest. The 
Commission uses additional information collected from applicants 
claiming eligibility for small business benefits to ensure that only 
legitimate small businesses reap the benefits of the Commission's 
designated entity program. Over the last decade, the Commission has 
engaged in numerous rulemakings and adjudicatory investigations to 
prevent companies from circumventing the objectives of the designated 
entity eligibility rules. The Commission uses this form for all 
upcoming auctions.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-17517 Filed 7-18-12; 8:45 am]