[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 54 (Thursday, March 20, 1997)]
[Page 13377]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-7010]



Notice of Public Information Collections being Reviewed by the 
Federal Communications Commission

March 14, 1997.

SUMMARY: The Federal Communications Commissions, as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the 
following information collection, as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. An agency may not conduct or 
sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid 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 (PRA) that does not display a valid control 
number. Comments are requested concerning (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's 
burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarify 
of the information collected; and (d) 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 

DATES: Persons wishing to comment on this information collection should 
submit comments May 19, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Dorothy Conway, Federal 
Communications Commissions, Room 234, 1919 M St., NW., Washington, DC 
20554 or via internet to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies 
of the information collections contact Dorothy Conway at 202-418-0217 
or via internet at [email protected].

OMB Approval Number 3060-0757.
    Title: Auctions Customer Survey.
    Type of Review: Extension of an existing collection.
    Respondents: Businesses or other for-profit entities.
    Number of Respondents: 45,000.
    Estimated Time for Response: .25 hours.
    Total Annual Burden: 11,250 hours (.25 x 45,000 responses).
    Total Cost to Respondents: 0.
    Needs and Uses: Section 309(j)(3) of the Communications Act 
requires the Commission to establish a competitive bidding methodology 
for each class of licenses or permits that the Commission grants 
through the use of a competitive bidding system. The Commission is 
further directed to test alternative methodologies under appropriate 
circumstances in order to promote, among other things, ``the 
development and rapid deployment of new technologies, products, and 
services for the benefit of the public, including those residing in 
rural areas, without administrative or judicial delays.'' The 
Commission is directed likewise to promote ``economic opportunity and 
competition and ensuring that new and innovative technologies are 
readily accessible to the American people by avoiding excess 
concentration of licenses and by disseminating licenses among a wide 
variety of applicants, including small businesses, rural telephone 
companies and businesses owned by members of minority groups and 
women,'' and by encouraging ``efficient and intensive use of the 
electromagnetic spectrum.'' In addition, Section 309(j)(12) requires 
the Commission to evaluate the methodologies established by the 
Commission for conducting competitive bidding, comparing the advantages 
and disadvantages of such methodologies in terms of attaining these 
    The FCC Auctions Customer Survey is an important step in meeting 
these congressional requirements. By seeking input from auction 
participants, the Commission is gathering information to evaluate the 
effectiveness of competitive bidding methodologies used to date, and to 
improve the competitive bidding methodologies used in future auctions. 
Finally, the Auctions Customer Survey provides useful feedback in 
determining the extent to which the Commission is meeting its goal of 
providing participants in competitive bidding with the highest level of 
customer satisfaction through information dissemination and the 
responsiveness of the Commission staff to customer inquiries.

Federal Communications Commission.
William F. Caton,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-7010 Filed 3-19-97; 8:45 am]