[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 175 (Tuesday, September 12, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 42749-42750]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-19218]


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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 73

[MB Docket No. 12-106, FCC 17-41]


Noncommercial Educational Station Fundraising for Third-Party 
Non-Profit Organizations

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule; announcement of effective date.

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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 
Noncommercial Educational Station Fundraising for Third-Party Non-
Profit Organizations Report and Order's third-party fundraising rules. 
This document is consistent with the Report and Order,

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which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the 
Federal Register announcing the effective date of those rules.

DATES: The amendments to 47 CFR 73.503(e)(1), 73.621(f)(1), and 
73.2527(e)(14), published at 82 FR 21127, May 5, 2017, are effective 
November 13, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Berthot, Media Bureau, Policy 
Division, at (202) 418-7454, or email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that, on August 30, 
2017, OMB approved, for a period of three years, the information 
collection requirements relating to the third-party fundraising rules 
contained in the Commission's Report and Order, FCC 17-41, published at 
82 FR 21127, May 5, 2017. The OMB Control Number is 3060-1174. The 
Commission publishes this document 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, 3060-1174, 
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).

Synopsis

    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 August 30, 2017, for the information collection 
requirements contained in the Commission's rules at 47 CFR 
73.503(e)(1), 73.621(f)(1), and 73.2527(e)(14).
    Under 5 CFR part 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 3060-1174.
    The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Public Law 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: 3060-1174.
    OMB Approval Date: August 30, 2017.
    OMB Expiration Date: August 31, 2020.
    Title: Section 73.503, Licensing requirements and service; Section 
73.621, Noncommercial educational TV stations; Section 73.3527, Local 
public inspection file of noncommercial educational stations.
    Form Number: N/A.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 2,200 respondents; 33,000 
responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 0.5 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirement; Third party 
disclosure requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The 
statutory authority which covers these information collections is 
contained in 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i), 303, and 399B.
    Total Annual Burden: 16,500 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: No cost.
    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: On April 20, 2017, the Commission adopted a Report 
and Order in MB Docket No. 12-106, FCC 17-41, In the Matter of 
Noncommercial Educational Station Fundraising for Third-Party Non-
Profit Organizations. Under the Commission's existing rules, a 
noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcast station may not conduct 
fundraising activities to benefit any entity besides the station itself 
if the activities would substantially alter or suspend regular 
programming. The Report and Order relaxes the rules to allow NCE 
stations to spend up to one percent of their total annual airtime 
conducting on-air fundraising activities that interrupt regular 
programming for the benefit of third-party non-profit organizations.
    The following is a description of the information collection 
requirements for which the Commission received OMB approval:
    Audience disclosure: Pursuant to 47 CFR 73.503(e)(1), a 
noncommercial educational FM broadcast station that interrupts regular 
programming to conduct fundraising activities on behalf of third-party 
non-profit organizations must air a disclosure during such activities 
clearly stating that the fundraiser is not for the benefit of the 
station itself and identifying the entity for which it is fundraising. 
Pursuant to 47 CFR 73.621(f)(1), a noncommercial educational TV 
broadcast station that interrupts regular programming to conduct 
fundraising activities on behalf of third-party non-profit 
organizations must air a disclosure during such activities clearly 
stating that the fundraiser is not for the benefit of the station 
itself and identifying the entity for which it is fundraising. The 
audience disclosure must be aired at the beginning and the end of each 
fundraising program and at least once during each hour in which the 
program is on the air.
    Retention of information on fundraising activities in local public 
inspection file: Pursuant to 47 CFR 73.3527(e)(14), each noncommercial 
educational FM broadcast station and noncommercial educational TV 
broadcast station that interrupts regular programming to conduct 
fundraising activities on behalf of a third-party non-profit 
organization must place in its local public inspection file, on a 
quarterly basis, the following information for each third-party 
fundraising program or activity: The date, time, and duration of the 
fundraiser; the type of fundraising activity; the name of the non-
profit organization benefitted by the fundraiser; a brief description 
of the specific cause or project, if any, supported by the fundraiser; 
and, to the extent that the station participated in tallying or 
receiving any funds for the non-profit group, an approximation, to the 
nearest $10,000, of the total funds raised. The information for each 
calendar quarter is to be filed by the tenth day of the succeeding 
calendar quarter (e.g., January 10 for the quarter October-December, 
April 10 for the quarter January-March, etc.).

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-19218 Filed 9-11-17; 8:45 am]
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