[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 23 (Thursday, February 4, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 5920]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02013]



47 CFR Part 52

[WC Docket Nos. 13-97, 04-36, 07-243, 10-90 and CC Docket No. 95-116, 
01-92, and 99-200; FCC 15-70]

Numbering Policies for Modern Communications, IP-Enabled 
Services, Telephone Number Requirements for IP-Enabled, Services 
Providers, Telephone Number Portability et al.

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule; announcement of effective date.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, 
the information collection associated with the Commission's Report and 
Order establishing rules for an authorization process to enable 
interconnected VoIP providers that choose direct access to request 
numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators. This document is 
consistent with the Report and Order, which stated that the Commission 
would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB 
approval and the effective date of those rules.

DATES: The amendments to 47 CFR 52.15(g)(2) and (g)(3) published at 80 
FR 66454, October 29, 2015, are effective February 4, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marilyn Jones, Competition Policy 
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-1580, or email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that, on January 5, 
2016, OMB approved the information collection requirements contained in 
the Commission's Report and Order, FCC 15-70, published at 80 FR 66454, 
October 29, 2015. The OMB Control Number is 3060-1214. The Commission 
publishes this notice as an announcement of the effective date of the 
rules. If you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, 
or how the Commission can improve the collections and reduce any 
burdens caused thereby, please contact Cathy Williams, Federal 
Communications Commission, Room 1-C823, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554. Please include the OMB Control Number, 3060-1214, 
in your correspondence. The Commission will also accept your comments 
via email at [email protected].
    To request materials in accessible formats for people with 
disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), 
send an email to [email protected] or call the Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).


    As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received final OMB 
approval on January 5, 2016, for the information collection 
requirements contained in the modifications to the Commission's rules 
in 47 CFR 52.15(g)(2)-(g)(3).
    Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a 
collection of information unless it displays a current, valid OMB 
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 
that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB 
Control Number is 3060-1214.
    The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Public Law 104-13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507.
    The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents 
are as follows:
    OMB Control Number: 3060-1214.
    OMB Approval Date: January 5, 2016.
    OMB Expiration Date: January 31, 2019.
    Title: Direct Access to Numbers Orders, FCC 15-70 Conditions.
    Form Number: N/A.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 13 respondents; 13 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 120 hours.
    Frequency of Response: One-time, biennial and on-going reporting 
    Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. The statutory authority for this 
information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 251(e)(1).
    Total Annual Burden: 1,560 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: No cost.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: If respondents submit 
information which respondents believe is confidential, respondents may 
request confidential treatment of such information pursuant to section 
0.459 of the Communication's rules, 47 CFR 0.459.
    Privacy Act: No impact(s).
    Needs and Uses: June 18, 2015, the Commission adopted a Report and 
Order establishing the Numbering Authorization Application process, 
which allows interconnected VoIP providers to apply for a blanket 
authorization from the FCC that, once granted, will allow them to 
demonstrate that they have the authority to provide service in specific 
areas, thus enabling them to request numbers directly from the 
Numbering Administrators. This collection covers the information and 
certifications that applicants must submit in order to comply with the 
Numbering Authorization Application process. The data, information, and 
documents acquired through this collection will allow interconnected 
VoIP providers to obtain numbers with minimal burden or delay while 
also preventing providers from obtaining numbers without first 
demonstrating that they can deploy and properly utilize such resources. 
This information will also help the Federal Communications Commission 
(FCC) protect against number exhaust while promoting competitive 
neutrality among traditional telecommunications carriers and 
interconnected VoIP providers by allowing both entities to obtain 
numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators. It will further 
help the FCC to maintain efficient utilization of numbering resources 
and ensure that telephone numbers are not being stranded.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
[FR Doc. 2016-02013 Filed 2-3-16; 8:45 am]