[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02997]
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Information Collection Being Submitted for Review and Approval to
the Office of Management and Budget
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) of 1995, the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) invites the
general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to
comment on the following information collection. 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 Commission 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 March 16,
2018. 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 listed below as soon as possible.
ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, OMB, via
email [email protected]; and to Nicole Ongele, FCC, via
email [email protected] and to [email protected]. Include in the comments
the OMB control number as shown in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies
of the information collection, contact Nicole Ongele at (202) 418-2991.
To view a copy of this information collection request (ICR) submitted
to OMB: (1) Go to the web page <http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, (2) look for the section of the web page called
``Currently Under Review,'' (3) click on the downward-pointing arrow in
the ``Select Agency'' box below the ``Currently Under Review'' heading,
(4) select ``Federal Communications Commission'' from the list of
agencies presented in the ``Select Agency'' box, (5) click the
``Submit'' button to the right of the ``Select Agency'' box, (6) when
the list of FCC ICRs currently under review appears, look for the OMB
control number of this ICR and then click on the ICR Reference Number.
A copy of the FCC submission to OMB will be displayed.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Federal Communications Commission
the Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies
to take this opportunity to comment on the following information
collection. 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: 3060-1210.
Title: Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements.
Form Number: Not applicable.
Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; State, local or
Number of Respondents and Responses: 4,394 respondents; 29,028
Estimated Time per Response: 2-10 hours.
Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping, on occasion; one-time;
quarterly and semi-annual reporting requirements, and third-party
Obligation to Respond: Mandatory. Statutory authority for this
information collection is contained in 47. U.S.C. Sections 1, 2, 4(i),
7, 10, 201, 214, 222, 251(e), 301, 302, 303, 303(b), 303(r), 307,
307(a), 309, 309(j)(3), 316, 316(a), and 332 of the Communications Act
of 1934, as amended.
Total Annual Burden: 143,138 hours.
Total Annual Cost: No Cost.
Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).
Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: The Commission is requesting
that respondents submit confidential information to the Commission in
the context of the test bed. Nationwide Commercial Mobile Radio Service
(CMRS) providers must make data from the test bed available to small
and regional CMRS providers so that the smaller providers can deploy
technology throughout their networks that is consistent with a
deployment that was successfully tested in the test bed. CMRS providers
also may request confidential treatment of live 911 call data reports,
but the Commission reserves the right to release aggregate or
anonymized data on a limited basis to facilitate compliance with its
Needs and Uses: The Commission has developed a proposed reporting
template to assist CMRS providers in submitting aggregate live 911 call
data as required under Section 20.18(i)(3)(ii) of the rules and seeks
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the proposed
template. The Commission also is requesting OMB to extend its approval
of these collections for an additional three years. The information
collections are described below. The proposed reporting template for
live 911 call data is described below in the discussion of Section
20.18(i)(3)(ii). The proposed template will not change the paperwork
burden associated with this collection, and there is no change to any
other reporting obligation in this collection.
The information sought in this collection is necessary and vital to
the effective implementation of improved location accuracy, which will
enable Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to dispatch to and first
responders to respond to emergencies.
Section 20.18(i)(2)(ii)(A) requires that, within three years of the
effective date of rules, CMRS providers shall deliver to uncompensated
barometric pressure data from any device capable of delivering such
data to PSAPs. This requirement is necessary to ensure that PSAPs are
receiving all location information possible to be used for dispatch.
This requirement is also necessary to ensure that CMRS providers
implement a vertical location solution in the event that the proposed
``dispatchable location'' solution does not function as intended by the
three-year mark and beyond.
Section 20.18(i)(2)(ii)(B) requires that the four nationwide
providers submit to the Commission for review and approval a reasonable
metric for z-axis (vertical) location accuracy no later than 3 years
from the effective date of rules. The requirement is critical to ensure
that the vertical location framework adopted in the Fourth Report and
Order is effectively implemented.
Section 20.18(i)(2)(iii) requires CMRS providers to certify
compliance with the Commission's rules at various benchmarks throughout
implementation of improved location accuracy. This requirement is
necessary to ensure that CMRS providers remain ``on track'' to reach
the goals that they themselves agreed to.
Section 20.18(i)(3)(i) requires that within 12 months of the
effective date, the four nationwide CMRS providers must establish the
test bed described in the Fourth Report and Order, which will validate
technologies intended for indoor location. The test bed is necessary
for the compliance certification framework adopted in the Fourth Report
Section 20.18(i)(3)(ii) requires that beginning 18 months from the
effective date of the rules, CMRS providers providing service in any of
the six Test Cities identified by ATIS (Atlanta, Denver/Front Range,
San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Manhattan Borough of New York
City) or portions thereof must collect and report aggregate data on the
location technologies used for live 911 calls. Nationwide CMRS
providers must submit call data on a quarterly basis; non-nationwide
CMRS providers need only submit this data every six months. Non-
nationwide providers that do not provide service in any of the Test
Cities may satisfy this requirement by collecting and reporting data
based on the largest county within the carrier's footprint. This
reporting requirement is necessary to validate and verify the
compliance certifications made by CMRS providers.
The Commission has developed a proposed reporting template to
assist CMRS providers in collecting, formatting, and submitting
aggregate live 911 call data in accordance with the requirements in the
rules. The proposed template will also assist the Commission in
evaluating the progress CMRS providers have made toward meeting the 911
location accuracy benchmarks. The proposed template is an Excel
spreadsheet and will be available for downloading on the Commission's
website. The Commission may also develop an online filing mechanism for
these reports in the future.
Section 20.18(i)(4)(ii) requires that no later than 18 months from
the effective date, each CMRS provider shall submit to the Commission a
report on its progress toward implementing improved indoor location
accuracy. Non-nationwide CMRS providers will have an additional 6
months to submit their progress reports. All CMRS providers shall
provide an additional progress report no later than 36 months from the
effective date of the adoption of this rule. The 36-month reports shall
indicate what progress the provider has made consistent with its
Section 20.18(i)(4)(iii) requires that prior to activation of the
NEAD but no later than 18 months from the effective date of the
adoption of this rule, the nationwide CMRS providers shall file with
the Commission and request approval for a security and privacy plan
for the administration and operation of the NEAD. This requirement is
necessary to ensure that the four nationwide CMRS providers are
building in privacy and security measures to the NEAD from its
Section 20.18(i)(4)(iv) requires that before use of the NEAD or any
information contained therein, CMRS providers must certify that they
will not use the NEAD or associated data for any non-911 purpose,
except as otherwise required by law. This requirement is necessary to
ensure the privacy and security of any personally identifiable
information that may be collected by the NEAD.
Section 20.18(j) requires CMRS providers to provide standardized
confidence and uncertainty (C/U) data for all wireless 911 calls,
whether from outdoor or indoor locations, on a per-call basis upon the
request of a PSAP. This requirement will serve to make the use of C/U
data easier for PSAPs
Section 20.18(k) requires that CMRS providers must record
information on all live 911 calls, including, but not limited to, the
positioning source method used to provide a location fix associated
with the call, as well as confidence and uncertainty data. This
information must be made available to PSAPs upon request, as a measure
to promote transparency and accountability for this set of rules.
Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Office of the Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-02997 Filed 2-13-18; 8:45 am]
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