[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 177 (Thursday, September 14, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43232-43235]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-19534]


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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

[OMB 3060-0568, OMB 3060-0991]


Information Collections Being Reviewed by the Federal 
Communications Commission

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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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

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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 November 13, 
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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce 
paperwork burdens, and as required by the PRA of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3520), the FCC 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.
    OMB Control Number: 3060-0568.
    Title: Sections 76.970, 76.971 and 76.975, Commercial Leased Access 
Rates, Terms and Conditions.
    Form Number: N/A.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Businesses or other for-profit, State, Local or Tribal 
Government.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 4,030 respondents; 11,970 
responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2 minutes-10 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirement; On occasion 
reporting requirement; Third party disclosure requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The 
statutory authority for this collection is contained in Sections 154(i) 
and 612 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
    Total Annual Burden: 59,671 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: $74,000.
    Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s).
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for 
confidentiality with this collection of information.
    Needs and Uses: The information collection requirements for this 
collection are contained in the following rule sections:
    47 CFR 76.970(h) requires cable operators to provide the following 
information within 15 calendar days of a request regarding leased 
access (for systems subject to small system relief, cable operators are 
required to provide the following information within 30 days of a 
request regarding leased access):
    (a) A complete schedule of the operator's full-time and part-time 
leased access rates;
    (b) How much of the cable operator's leased access set-aside 
capacity is available;
    (c) Rates associated with technical and studio costs;
    (d) If specifically requested, a sample leased access contract; and
    (e) Operators must maintain supporting documentation to justify 
scheduled rates in their files.
    47 CFR 76.971 requires cable operators to provide billing and 
collection services to leased access programmers unless they can 
demonstrate the existence of third party billing and collection 
services which, in terms of cost and accessibility, offer leased access 
programmers an alternative substantially equivalent to that offered to 
comparable non-leased access programmers.
    47 CFR 76.975(b) requires that persons alleging that a cable 
operator's leased access rate is unreasonable must receive a 
determination of the cable operator's maximum permitted rate from an 
independent accountant prior to filing a petition for relief with the 
Commission.
    47 CFR 76.975(c) requires that petitioners attach a copy of the 
final accountant's report to their petition where the petition is based 
on allegations that a cable operator's leased access rates are 
unreasonable.
    OMB Control Number: 3060-0991.
    Title: AM Measurement Data.
    Form Number: N/A.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 1,900 respondents; 3,335 
responses.
    Estimated Hours per Response: 0.50-25 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirement, Third party 
disclosure requirement, On occasion reporting requirement.
    Total Annual Burden: 20,780 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: $2,171,500.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The 
statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in 
Section 154(i) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for 
confidentiality treatment with this collection of information.
    Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).
    Needs and Uses: The following information collection requirements 
are contained in this collection:
    47 CFR 73.54(c) requires that AM licensees file a letter 
notification with the FCC when determining power by the direct method. 
In addition, Section 73.54(c) requires that background information 
regarding antenna resistance measurement data for AM stations must be 
kept on file at the station.
    47 CFR 73.54(d) requires AM stations using direct reading power 
meters to either submit the information required by (c) or submit a 
statement indicating that such a meter is being used.
    47 CFR 73.61(a) states each AM station using a directional antenna 
with monitoring point locations specified in the instrument of 
authorization must make field strength measurements at the

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monitoring point locations specified in the instrument of 
authorization, as often as necessary to ensure that the field at those 
points does not exceed the values specified in the station 
authorization. Additionally, stations not having an approved sampling 
system must make the measurements once each calendar quarter at 
intervals not exceeding 120 days. The provision of this paragraph 
supersedes any schedule specified on a station license issued prior to 
January 1, 1986. The results of the measurements are to be entered into 
the station log pursuant to the provisions of Section 73.1820.
    47 CFR 73.61(b) states if the AM license was granted on the basis 
of field strength measurements performed pursuant to Section 73.151(a), 
partial proof of performance measurements using the procedures 
described in Section 73.154 must be made whenever the licensee has 
reason to believe that the radiated field may be exceeding the limits 
for which the station was most recently authorized to operate.
    47 CFR 73.61(c) requires a station may be directed to make a 
partial proof of performance by the FCC whenever there is an indication 
that the antenna is not operating as authorized.
    47 CFR 73.62(b) requires an AM station with a directional antenna 
system to measure and log every monitoring point at least once for each 
mode of directional operation within 24 hours of detection of variance 
of operating parameters from allowed tolerances.
    47 CFR 73.68(c) states a station having an antenna sampling system 
constructed according to the specifications given in paragraph (a) of 
this section may obtain approval of that system by submitting an 
informal letter request to the FCC in Washington, DC, Attention: Audio 
Division, Media Bureau. The request for approval, signed by the 
licensee or authorized representative, must contain sufficient 
information to show that the sampling system is in compliance with all 
requirements of paragraph (a) of this section.
    47 CFR 73.68(d) states in the event that the antenna monitor 
sampling system is temporarily out of service for repair or 
replacement, the station may be operated, pending completion of repairs 
or replacement, for a period not exceeding 120 days without further 
authority from the FCC if all other operating parameters and the field 
monitoring point values are within the limits specified on the station 
authorization.
    47 CFR 73.68(e)(1) Special Temporary Authority (see Section 
73.1635) shall be requested and obtained from the Commission's Audio 
Division, Media Bureau in Washington to operate with parameters at 
variance with licensed values pending issuance of a modified license 
specifying parameters subsequent to modification or replacement of 
components.
    47 CFR 73.68(e)(4) states request for modification of license shall 
be submitted to the FCC in Washington, DC, within 30 days of the date 
of sampling system modification or replacement. Such request shall 
specify the transmitter plate voltage and plate current, common point 
current, base currents and their ratios, antenna monitor phase and 
current indications, and all other data obtained pursuant to this 
paragraph.
    47 CFR 73.68(f) states if an existing sampling system is found to 
be patently of marginal construction, or where the performance of a 
directional antenna is found to be unsatisfactory, and this deficiency 
reasonably may be attributed, in whole or in part, to inadequacies in 
the antenna monitoring system, the FCC may require the reconstruction 
of the sampling system in accordance with requirements specified above.
    47 CFR 73.69(c) requires AM station licensees with directional 
antennas to file an informal request to operate without required 
monitors with the Media Bureau in Washington, DC, when conditions 
beyond the control of the licensee prevent the restoration of an 
antenna monitor to service within a 120 day period. This request is 
filed in conjunction with Section 73.3549.
    47 CFR 73.69(d)(1) requires that AM licensees with directional 
antennas request to obtain temporary authority to operate with 
parameters at variance with licensed values when an authorized antenna 
monitor is replaced pending issuance of a modified license specifying 
new parameters.
    47 CFR 73.69(d)(5) requires AM licensees with directional antennas 
to submit an informal request for modification of license to the FCC 
within 30 days of the date of antenna monitor replacement.
    47 CFR 73.151(c)(1)(ix) states the orientation and distances among 
the individual antenna towers in the array shall be confirmed by a 
post-construction certification by a land surveyor (or, where permitted 
by local regulation, by an engineer) licensed or registered in the 
state or territory where the antenna system is located.
    47 CFR 73.151(c)(2)(i) describes techniques for moment method 
modeling, sampling system construction, and measurements that must be 
taken as part of a moment method proof. A description of the sampling 
system and the specified measurements must be filed with the license 
application.
    47 CFR 73.151(c)(3) states reference field strength measurement 
locations shall be established in directions of pattern minima and 
maxima. On each radial corresponding to a pattern minimum or maximum, 
there shall be at least three measurement locations. The field strength 
shall be measured at each reference location at the time of the proof 
of performance. The license application shall include the measured 
field strength values at each reference point, along with a description 
of each measurement location, including GPS coordinates and datum 
reference.
    47 CFR 73.154 requires the result of the most recent partial proof 
of performance measurements and analysis to be retained in the station 
records and made available to the FCC upon request. Maps showing new 
measurement points shall be associated with the partial proof in the 
station's records and shall be made available to the FCC upon request.
    47 CFR 73.155 states a station licensed with a directional antenna 
pattern pursuant to a proof of performance using moment method modeling 
and internal array parameters as described in Sec.  73.151(c) shall 
recertify the performance of that directional antenna pattern at least 
once within every 24 month period.
    47 CFR 73.155(c) states the results of the periodic directional 
antenna performance recertification measurements shall be retained in 
the station's public inspection file.
    47 CFR 73.158(b) requires a licensee of an AM station using a 
directional antenna system to file a request for a corrected station 
license when the description of monitoring point in relation to nearby 
landmarks as shown on the station license is no longer correct due to 
road or building construction or other changes. A copy of the 
monitoring point description must be posted with the existing station 
license.
    47 CFR 73.3538(b) requires a broadcast station to file an informal 
application to modify or discontinue the obstruction marking or 
lighting of an antenna supporting structure.
    47 CFR 73.3549 requires licensees to file with the FCC requests for 
extensions of authority to operate without required monitors, 
transmission system indicating instruments, or encoders and decoders 
for monitoring and generating the Emergency Alert System codes. Such 
requests musts contain information as to when and what steps were taken 
to repair or replace the defective equipment and a brief

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description of the alternative procedures being used while the 
equipment is out of service.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Office of the Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-19534 Filed 9-13-17; 8:45 am]
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