[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 203 (Monday, October 20, 2008)]
[Pages 62258-62259]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-24849]



National Telecommunications and Information Administration

[Docket No. 0810141353-81354-01]

Public Telecommunications Facilities Program: Closing Date

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Closing Date for Solicitation of Applications; 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, 
and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009. Public Law No. 110-329 (2008), 
the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 
U.S. Department of Commerce, announces the solicitation of applications 
for planning and construction grants for public telecommunications 
facilities under the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program 
(PTFP). The PTFP assists, through matching grants, in the planning and 
construction of public telecommunications facilities in order to: (1) 
Extend delivery of services to as many citizens as possible by the most 
cost-effective means, including use of broadcast and non-broadcast 
technologies; (2) increase public telecommunications services and 
facilities available to, operated by, and controlled by minorities and 
women; and (3) strengthen the capability of existing public television 
and radio stations to provide public telecommunications services to the 

DATES: Applications must be received prior to 5 p.m. Eastern Time 
(Closing Time), December 18, 2008 (Closing Date). Applications 
submitted by facsimile are not acceptable. If an application is 
received after the Closing Date due to (1) carrier error, when the 
carrier accepted the package with a guarantee for delivery by the 
Closing Date and Closing Time, (2) significant weather delays or 
natural disasters, or (3) delays due to national security issues, NTIA 
will, upon receipt of proper documentation, consider the application as 
having been received by the deadline. NTIA will not accept applications 
posted on the Closing Date or later and received after this deadline.

ADDRESSES: To obtain a printed application package, submit completed 
applications, or send any other correspondence, write to PTFP at the 
following address (please note the new room number): NTIA/PTFP, Room H-
4812, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230. Application materials may be obtained 
electronically via the Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ptfp or 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Director, Public 
Broadcasting Division, telephone: (202) 482-5802; fax: (202) 482-2156. 
Information about the PTFP can also be obtained electronically via the 
Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ptfp.


Electronic Access

    The full funding opportunity announcement for the PTFP fiscal year 
(FY) 2009 grant cycle is available through http://www.Grants.gov or by 
contacting the PTFP office at the address noted above.

Funding Availability

    Issuance of grants is subject to the availability of FY 2009 funds. 
At this time, the Congress has passed the Consolidated Security, 
Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009. Public 
Law No. 110-329 (2008), to fund operations of the PTFP through March 6, 
2009. Further notice will be made in the Federal Register about the 
final status of funding for this program at the appropriate time. For 
FY 2008, NTIA awarded $18.5 million in PTFP funds to 109 projects, 
including 61 radio awards, 45 television awards and 3 nonbroadcast 
awards. The radio awards ranged from $8,800 to $337,684. The television 
awards ranged from $10,000 to $801,345. The nonbroadcast awards ranged 
from $89,853 to $187,931.

Statutory and Regulatory Authority

    The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program is authorized by 
the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 390-393, 397-
399(b). The PTFP operates pursuant to rules (1996 Rules) which were 
published on November 8, 1996 (61 FR 57966). Copies of the 1996 Rules 

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CFR Part 2301) are posted on the NTIA Internet site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/Rules/currentrules.htm, and NTIA will make printed 
copies available to applicants upon request.

Supplemental Policies

    The following supplemental policies will also be in effect:
    (A) Applicants may file emergency applications at any time.
    (B) Applicants may file requests for Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC) authorizations with the FCC after the PTFP Closing 
Date. Grant applicants for Ku-band satellite uplinks may submit FCC 
applications after a PTFP award is made. NTIA may accept FCC 
authorizations that are in the name of an organization other than the 
PTFP applicant.
    (C) PTFP applicants are not required to submit copies of their PTFP 
applications to the FCC, nor are they required to submit copies of the 
FCC transmittal cover letters as part of their PTFP applications. PTFP 
applicants for distance learning projects must notify the state 
telecommunications agencies in the states in which they are located, 
but they are not required to notify every state telecommunications 
agency in a potential service area.
    (D) For digital television conversion projects, NTIA has created 
two new Subpriorities in the Broadcast Other category.
    (E) For digital radio conversion projects, NTIA has created a new 
Subpriority in the Broadcast Other category.

Catalog of Domestic Federal Assistance

    11.550, Public Telecommunications Facilities Program.


    To apply for and receive a PTFP Construction Grant or Planning 
Grant, an applicant must be: (a) A public or noncommercial educational 
broadcast station; (b) a noncommercial telecommunications entity; (c) a 
system of public telecommunications entities; (d) a non-profit 
foundation, corporation, institution, or association organized 
primarily for educational or cultural purposes; or (e) a state, local, 
or Indian tribal government (or agency thereof), or a political or 
special purpose subdivision of a state.

Evaluation and Selection Process

    See 15 CFR 2301.16 for a description of the Technical Evaluation 
and 15 CFR 2301.18 for the Selection Process.

Evaluation Criteria

    See 15 CFR 2301.17 for a full description of the Evaluation 
Criteria. The six evaluation criteria are (1) Applicant Qualifications, 
(2) Financial Qualifications, (3) Project Objectives, (4) Urgency, (5) 
Technical Qualifications (construction applicants only) or Planning 
Qualifications (planning applicants only), and (6) Special 

Funding Priorities and Selection Factors

    See 15 CFR 2301.4 and the supplemental policies above for a 
description of the PTFP Priorities and 15 CFR 2301.18 for the Selection 

Cost Sharing Requirements

    PTFP requires cost sharing. By statute, PTFP cannot fund a 
construction project for more than 75 per cent of the eligible project 
costs. NTIA has established a policy of funding most new public 
broadcasting station activation projects at a 75 per cent federal 
share, and most other television, radio and nonbroadcast projects at a 
50 per cent federal share. NTIA can fund planning applications up to 
100 per cent of the eligible project costs, but has established a 
policy of funding planning applications at a 75 per cent federal share. 
Any applicant can request federal funding greater than PTFP's policy, 
up to the statutory maximum, and provide justification for the request.

Intergovernmental Review

    PTFP applications are subject to Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,'' if the state in which 
the applicant organization is located participates in the process. 
Usually submission to the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) needs to 
be only the SF 424 and PTFP-2 pages of the application, but applicants 
should contact their own SPOC offices to find out about and comply with 
its requirements. The PTFP Internet site has a link to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) home page which has the names and addresses 
of the SPOC offices. Applicants may directly access the OMB Internet 
site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/spoc.html. Printed copies 
of the SPOC list are available from PTFP.

Universal Identifier

    All applicants (nonprofit, state, local government, universities, 
and tribal organizations) will be required to provide a Dun and 
Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the 
application process. See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177) and April 
8, 2003 (68 FR 17000) Federal Register notices for additional 
information. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by 
calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line 1-866-705-5711 
or via the Internet (http://www.dunandbradstreet.com).

The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification of Requirements 
for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register 
notice of February 11, 2008, (73 FR 7696) is applicable to this 

Limitation of Liability

    In no event will the Department of Commerce be responsible for 
proposal preparation costs if this program fails to receive funding or 
is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this 
announcement does not obligate the agency to award any specific project 
or to obligate any available funds.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is 
required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty 
for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), unless that 
collection displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number. The PTFP application form has been cleared under 
OMB Control No. 0660-0003.

Executive Order 13132

    It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies 
with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 

Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not required by 
the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for this rule 
concerning grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). 
Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. 
Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared.

Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera,
Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information 
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