[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 53 (Tuesday, March 21, 2017)]
[Pages 14510-14511]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05471]

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[OMB 3060-xxxx]

Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal 
Communications Commission

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, 
and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the Federal 
Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) invites the general 
public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment 
on the following information collections. 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 collection burden on small business concerns with fewer 
than 25 employees.
    The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information 
unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for 
failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA 
that does not display a valid OMB control number.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted on or before May 22, 2017. 
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 contacts below as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Cathy Williams, FCC, via email 
[email protected] and to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information about the 
information collection, contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418-2918.

    OMB Control Number: 3060-xxxx.
    Title: First Amendment to Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the 
Collocation of Wireless Antennas.
    Form Number: Not applicable.
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, not-for-profit 
institutions, and State, local, or Tribal governments.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 71 respondents; 765 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour-5 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Third party disclosure reporting 
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. 
Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 
Sections 1, 2, 4(i), 7, 301, 303, 309, and 332 of the Communications 
Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 154(i), 157, 301, 303, 
309, 332, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 
1966, 54 U.S.C. 306108.
    Total Annual Burden: 2,869 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: $82,285.
    Privacy Impact Assessment: There are no impacts under the Privacy 
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: No known confidentiality 
between third parties.
    Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this information 
collection for approval after the comment period to obtain the full 
three year clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 
The Commission is requesting OMB approval for new disclosure 
requirements pertaining to the First Amendment to Nationwide 
Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (First 
Amendment) to address the review of deployments of small wireless 
antennas and associated equipment under Section 106 of the National 
Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (54 U.S.C. 306108 (formerly codified 
at 16 U.S.C. 470f). The FCC, the Advisory Council on Historic 
Preservation (Council), and the National Conference of State Historic 
Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) agreed to amend the Nationwide 
Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas 
(Collocation Agreement) to account for the limited potential of small 
wireless antennas and associated equipment, including Distributed 
Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell facilities, to affect historic 
properties. The Collocation Agreement addresses historic preservation 
review for collocations on existing towers, buildings, and other non-
tower structures. Under the Collocation Agreement, most antenna 
collocations on existing structures are excluded from Section 106 
historic preservation review, with a few exceptions defined to address 
potentially problematic situations. On August 3, 2016, the Commission's 
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, ACHP, and NCSHPO finalized and 
executed the First Amendment to the Collocation Agreement, to tailor 
the Section 106 process for small wireless deployments by excluding 
deployments that have minimal potential for adverse effects on historic 
    The following are the information collection requirements in 
connection with the amended provisions of Appendix B of Part 1 of the 
Commission's rules (47 CFR pt.1, App. B):
     Stipulation VII.C of the amended Collocation Agreement 
provides that proposals to mount a small antenna on a traffic control 
structure (i.e., traffic light) or on a light pole, lamp post or other 
structure whose primary purpose is to provide public lighting, where 
the structure is located inside or within 250 feet of the boundary of a 
historic district, are generally subject to review through the Section 
106 process. These proposed collocations will be excluded from such 
review on a case-by-case basis, if (1) the collocation licensee or the 
owner of the structure has not received written or electronic 
notification that the FCC is in receipt of a complaint from a member of 
the public, an Indian Tribe, a SHPO or the Council, that the 
collocation has an adverse effect on one or more historic properties; 
and (2) the structure is not historic (not a designated National 
Historic Landmark or a property listed in or eligible for listing in 
the National Register of Historic Places) or considered a contributing 
or compatible element within the historic district, under certain 
procedures. These procedures require that applicant must request in 
writing that the SHPO concur with the applicant's determination that 
the structure is not a contributing or compatible element within the 
historic district, and the applicant's written request must specify the 
traffic control structure, light pole, or lamp post on which the 
applicant proposes to collocate and explain why the structure is not a 
contributing element based on the age and type of structure, as well as 
other relevant factors. The SHPO has thirty days from its receipt of 
such written notice to inform the applicant whether it disagrees with 
the applicant's determination that the structure is not a contributing 
or compatible element within the historic district. If within the 
thirty-day period, the SHPO informs the applicant that the structure is 
a contributing element or compatible

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element within the historic district or that the applicant has not 
provided sufficient information for a determination, the applicant may 
not deploy its facilities on that structure without completing the 
Section 106 review process. If, within the thirty day period, the SHPO 
either informs the applicant that the structure is not a contributing 
or compatible element within the historic district, or the SHPO fails 
to respond to the applicant within the thirty-day period, the applicant 
has no further Section 106 review obligations, provided that the 
collocation meets the certain volumetric and ground disturbance 
    The First Amendment to the Collocation Agreement establishes new 
exclusions from the Section 106 review process for physically small 
deployments like DAS and small cells, fulfilling a directive in the 
Commission's Infrastructure Report and Order, 80 FR 1238, Jan. 8, 2015, 
to further streamline review of these installations. These new 
exclusions will reduce the cost, time, and burden associated with 
deploying small facilities in many settings, and provide opportunities 
to increase densification at low cost and with very little impact on 
historic properties. Facilitating these deployments thus directly 
advances efforts to roll out 5G service in communities across the 

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
[FR Doc. 2017-05471 Filed 3-20-17; 8:45 am]