[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)]
[Page 52028]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21070]

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Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal 
Communications Commission, Comments Requested

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 October 29, 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 Judith B. Herman, Federal 
Communications Commission, via the Internet at [email protected]. 
To submit your PRA comments by email send them to: [email protected].

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

    OMB Control Number: 3060-1031.
    Title: Commission's Initiative to Implement Enhanced 911 (E911) 
Emergency Services.
    Form Number: N/A.
    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: 858 respondents; 1,992 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 3.3012048 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion and one time reporting 
requirements, recordkeeping requirement and third party disclosure 
    Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. Statutory authority for this 
information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. Sections 154(i), 160, 
201, 251-254, 303 and 332.
    Total Annual Burden: 10,168 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: N/A.
    Privacy Impact Assessment: N/A.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Although the Commission does 
not believe that any confidential information will need to be disclosed 
in order to comply with the certification and notification requirements 
and the corresponding PSAP response provisions, covered carriers or 
PSAPs are free to request that materials or information submitted to 
the Commission be withheld from public inspection and from the E911 web 
site. Entities wishing to submit confidential information may do so 
according to 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.
    Needs and Uses: The Commission seeks Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) approval for an extension (no change in the reporting, 
recordkeeping and third party disclosure requirements) after this 
comment period. There is no change in the Commission's 2009 burden 
    Under the Commission's E911 rules, a wireless carrier must provide 
E911 service to a particular Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) 
within six months only if that PSAP makes a request for the service and 
is capable of receiving and utilizing the information provided. In the 
City of Richardson, TX Order, the Commission's actions were intended to 
facilitate the E911 implementation process by encouraging parties to 
communicate with each other early in the implementation process, and to 
maintain a constructive, on-going dialog throughout the implementation 
    The Order contains the following information collection 
requirements for which the Commission seeks continued OMB approval:
    (a) The Commission established a procedure whereby wireless 
carriers that have completed all necessary steps toward E911 
implementation that are not dependent on PSAP readiness may have their 
compliance obligation temporarily tolled, if the PSAP is not ready to 
receive the information at the end of the six-month period, and the 
carrier files a certification to that effect with the Commission.
    (b) As part of the certification and notification process (third 
party disclosure requirements), a carrier must notify the PSAP of its 
intent to file a certification with the Commission that the PSAP is not 
ready to receive and use the information. The PSAP is permitted to send 
a response to the carrier's notification to affirm that it is not ready 
to receive E911 information or to challenge the carrier's 
characterization of its state of readiness. Carriers are required to 
include any response they receive from the PSAP in their certification 
filing to the Commission.
    (c) The Commission clarified that noting in its rules prevented 
wireless carriers and PSAPs from mutually agreeing to an E911 
deployment schedule at variance with the schedule contained in the 
Commission's rules. Carriers and PSAPs may choose to participate in the 
certification and private negotiation process. The Commission does not 
require participation.
    The Commission will use the certification filings from wireless 
carriers to determine each carrier's compliance with its E911 
obligations. The Commission will review carrier certifications to 
ensure that carriers have sufficiently explained the basis for their 
conclusion that a particular PSAP will not be ready and have identified 
all of the specific steps for the PSAP to provide the requested 
service. The Commission retains the discretion to investigate a 
carrier's certification and take enforcement action if appropriate.

Federal Communications Commission.
Bulah P. Wheeler,
Deputy Manager, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-21070 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]