The Commission has requested emergency OMB review of this collection with an approval by February 26, 2003.
OMB Control Number:3060-XXXX.
Type of Review:New collection.
Title:Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems and Their Impact on the Terrestrial Radio Broadcast Service.
Respondents:Business or other for-profit entities.
Number of Respondents:200.
Estimated Time per Response:2 hours.
Frequency of Response:One-time reporting requirement.
Total Annual Burden:400 hours.
Total Annual Cost:None.
Needs and Uses:On October 10, 2002, the FCC adopted a First Report and Order (Order), MM Docket No. 99-325, FCC 02-286, in which the Commission selects in-band, on-channel (IBOC) as the technology that will permit AM and FM radio broadcasters to introduce digital operations efficiently and rapidly. In addition, provisions of the Order require radio station licensees to provide information relative to implementation of interim hybrid digital operations. Implementation of hybrid digital operations is entirely voluntary. Commercial and noncommercial AM and FM radio stations that choose to begin hybrid digital transmissions must notify the FCC within 10 days of the commencement of digital operations. The notification letter shall certify that the digital operations conform to applicable rule and standards. Furthermore, implementation of the notification letter will eliminate both the need for the FCC staff to issue an STA to the broadcaster and for the broadcaster to file and pay the initial and any subsequent filing fees.
Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,