[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 218 (Tuesday, November 12, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 67309-67310]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-26784]



47 CFR Part 25

[IB Docket Nos. 12-376, FCC 12-161]

Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule; announcement of effective date.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, 
the information collection associated with the Commission's Earth 
Station Aboard Aircraft, Report and Order (Order), which adopted 
licensing and service rules for Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft (ESAA) 
communicating with Fixed-Satellite Service geostationary-orbit space 
stations operating in the 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz, 11.7-12.2 GHz 
and 14.0-14.5 GHz frequency bands. This notice is consistent with the 
Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the 
Federal Register announcing the effective date for the new information 
requirements adopted.

DATES: The amendments to 47 CFR 25.132(b)(3), 25.227(b), (c), and (d) 
published at 78 FR 14920 on March 8, 2013, are effective on November 
12, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Kelly, Satellite Division, 
International Bureau, at (202) 418-7877.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that, on June 27, 
2013, OMB approved, for a period of three years, the information 
collection requirements relating to ESAA applications contained in the 
Commission's Order, FCC 12-161, published at 78 FR 14920, March 8, 
2013. The OMB Control Number is 3060-1187. The Commission publishes 
this notice as an announcement of the effective date of the rules. If 
you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, or how the 
Commission can improve the collections and reduce any burdens caused 
thereby, please contact Cathy Williams, Federal Communications 
Commission, Room 1-C823, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. 
Please include the OMB Control Number, 3060-1187, in your 
correspondence. The Commission will also accept your comments via email 
at [email protected].
    To request materials in accessible formats for people with 
disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), 
send an email to [email protected] or call the Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).


    As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received final OMB 
approval on June 27, 2013, for the information collection requirements 
contained in the modifications to the Commission's rules in 47 CFR part 
25. Under 5 CFR 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection 
of information unless it displays a current, 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 
that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB 
Control Number is 3060-1187.
    The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Pub. L. 104-13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507.
    The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents 
are as follows:
    OMB Control Number: 3060-1187.
    OMB Approval Date: June 27, 2013.
    OMB Expiration Date: June 30, 2016.
    Title: Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft (ESAA).
    Form Number: N/A.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 6 respondents; 54 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1-4 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; Third 
party disclosure requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The 
Commission has statutory authority for the information collection 
requirements under Sections 4(i), 4(j), 7(a), 302(a), 303(c), 303(e), 
303(f), 303(g), 303(j), 303(r), and 303(y) of the Communications Act of 
1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), 157(a), 302(a), 303(c), 
303(e), 303(f), 303(g), 303(j), 303(r), and 303(y).
    Total Annual Burden: 114 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: $16,200.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: An assurance of 
confidentiality is not offered because this information collection does 
not require the collection of personally identifiable information (PII) 
from individuals.
    Privacy Act: No impact(s).
    Needs and Uses: The ESAA Report and Order, FCC 12-161, implements

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ESAA as an application of the Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS). In 
particular, the ESAA Report and Order designated ESAA as a primary FSS 
use in the 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) band; an unprotected use in 
the 10.95-11.2 GHz and 11.45-11.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) bands; and a 
secondary use in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band (Earth-to-space). The ESAA 
Report and Order required ESAA licensees to coordinate their operations 
with stations in the Space Research Service and the Radioastronomy 
Service, adopted technical rules for the operation of ESAA systems to 
ensure that ESAA systems do not interfere with other FSS users or 
terrestrial Fixed Service (FS) users; and adopted licensing 
requirements and operational requirements for ESAA for both U.S.-
registered aircraft operating in and outside U.S. airspace and for non-
U.S.-registered aircraft operating in U.S. airspace. Each applicant for 
an earth station, including ESAA operators, must submit a comprehensive 
proposal for each proposed earth station (FCC Form 312, Schedule B, and 
attached narrative exhibits) to the Commission to demonstrate that it 
complies with the Commission's legal and/or engineering rules.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.
[FR Doc. 2013-26784 Filed 11-8-13; 8:45 am]