Public Information Collections Approved by Office of Management and Budget

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION


Public Information Collections Approved by Office of Management 
and Budget

January 5, 1999.
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the following public 
information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Public Law 104-13. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a 
person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless 
it displays a currently valid control number. For further information 
contact Shoko B. Hair, Federal Communications Commission, (202) 418-
1379.

Federal Communications Commission

    OMB Control No.: 3060-0149.
    Expiration Date: 11/30/2001.
    Title: Application and Supplemental Information Requirements--Part 
63, Section 214, Sections 63.01-63.601.
    Form No.: N/A.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit;
    Estimated Annual Burden: 255 respondents; 10.5 hours per response 
(avg.); 2550 total annual burden hours for all collections.
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $0.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Description: Section 214 of the Communications Act of 1934, as 
amended, 47 U.S.C. Section 214, requires that a carrier must first 
obtain FCC authorization either to (1) construct, operate, or engage in 
transmission over a line of communication, or (2) discontinue, reduce, 
or impair service over a line of communication. 47 CFR Part 63 
implements Section 214. See 47 CFR Sections 63.01-63.601 for 
information collection requirements. Part 63 also implements provisions 
of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 pertaining to video 
programming by telephone common carriers. This approval also covers the 
information collections proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 
issued in CC Docket No. 97-11, Implementation of Section 402(b)(2)(A) 
of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Section 214--Extensions of 
Lines), released January 13, 1997. In the NPRM, the Commission proposed 
to modify 47 CFR Part 63 to eliminate information submission 
requirements entirely for some categories of communications carriers 
and to reduce the submission requirements for other categories. The 
Commission proposed entirely eliminating the requirement for carriers 
to file applications for line ``extensions'' because Congress has 
exempted line ``extensions'' from the requirements of 47 U.S.C. 214, 
under Section 402(b)(2)(A) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The 
Commission also proposed eliminating the requirement for reports 
submitted by carriers identified by the Commission as domestic non-
dominant carriers, small carriers, and carriers proposing small 
projects. Congress enacted section 214 to prevent unnecessary 
duplication of facilities that could result in increased rates being 
imposed on captive telephone ratepayers, and the Commission tentatively 
concluded that these carries are not likely to construct, operate, or 
acquire duplicative facilities. For carriers identified by the 
Commission as domestic dominant rate-of-return carriers, the Commission 
proposed reducing (but not entirely eliminating) the information 
submission requirements in applications for ``new'' lines, because the 
information is collected elsewhere, is unnecessary, is confusing in 
light of the provisions of section 402(b)(2)(A), or is no longer of 
decisional significance to the Commission. See CC Docket No. 97-11. The 
information received in applications from dominant carriers (proposed 
to be reduced) has been used by the Commission to determine if the 
facilities are needed. The information contained in reports from non-
dominant carriers (proposed to be eliminated) has been used to monitor 
the growth of the networks and the availability of common carrier 
services in this segment of the telecommunications market, to relieve 
these carriers and the Commission of a before-the-fact review of each 
subsequent facility addition. These collections of information were 
deemed necessary to enable the Commission to comply with its mandate. 
Because Congress has changed the Commission's mandate in the 
Telecommunications Act of 1996, the information proposed to be reduced 
and eliminated may no longer be warranted. Obligation to respond: 
Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Public reporting burden for the collections of information is as 
noted above. Send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other 
aspect of the collections of information, including suggestions for 
reducing the burden to Performance Evaluation and Records Management, 
Washington, D.C. 20554.

Federal Communications Commission.
Magalie Roman Salas,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 99-975 Filed 1-14-99; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6712-01-U  

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