[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6557-6558]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02998]


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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

[OMB 3060-0723]


Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal 
Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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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 FCC 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 PRA that does not display a 
valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.

DATES: Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before April 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 contact listed below as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicole Ongele, FCC, via email 
PRA@fcc.gov and to Nicole.Ongele@fcc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information about the 
information collection, contact Nicole Ongele at (202) 418-2991.

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 
(FCC or Commission) invites the general public and other Federal 
agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following 
information collections. 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: 3060-0723.
    Title: 47 U.S.C. Section 276, Public Disclosure of Network 
Information by Bell Operating Companies (BOCs).
    Form Number: N/A.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 3 respondents; 3 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 120 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and third 
party disclosure requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Mandatory. Statutory authority for this 
information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 276 of the 
Telecommunications Act of 1996.
    Total Annual Burden: 360 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: No cost.
    Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s).
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: If the Commission requests 
respondents to submit information to the Commission or to USAC that the 
respondents believe is confidential, the

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respondents may request confidential treatment of such information 
pursuant to 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.
    Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this information 
collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after this 60-
day comment period in order to obtain the full three year clearance 
from OMB. Under 47 U.S.C. 276(b)(1)(C), the Bell Operating Companies 
(BOCs) are required to publicly disclose changes in their networks or 
new network services. Sections 276(b)(1)(C) directs the Commission to 
``prescribe a set of nonstructural safeguards for BOC payphone service 
to implement the provisions of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection 
(a), which safeguards shall, at a minimum, include the nonstructural 
safeguards equal to those adopted in the Computer Inquiry-III (CC 
Docket No. 90-623) proceeding.'' The Computer Inquiry-III network 
information disclosure requirements specifically state that the 
disclosure would occur at two different points in time. First, 
disclosure would occur at the make/buy point: When a BOC decides to 
make for itself, or procure from an unaffiliated entity, any product 
whose design affects or relies on the network interface. Second, a BOC 
would publicly disclose technical information about a new service 12 
months before it is introduced. If the BOC can introduce the service 
within 12 months of the make/buy point, it would make a public 
disclosure at the make/buy point. In no event, however, would the 
public disclosure occur less than six months before the introduction of 
the service. While the scope and applicability of the Computer III 
safeguards has changed with the Commission's 2015 decision regarding 
forbearance from enforcement of the Computer III requirements (Petition 
of USTelecom for Forbearance Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 160(c) from 
Enforcement of Obsolete ILEC Regulations that Inhibit Deployment of 
Next Generation Networks, Memorandum Opinion and Order, FCC 15-166 
(2015)), these are minimum requirements under section 276(b)(1)(C). 
Without information disclosures, the industry would be unable to 
ascertain whether the BOCs are designing new network services or 
changing network technical specifications to the advantage of their own 
payphones, or in a manner that might disadvantage BOC payphone 
competitors. These requirements ensure that BOCs comply with their 
obligations under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Office of the Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-02998 Filed 2-13-18; 8:45 am]
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