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The Commission initially contacted AT&T and Verizon, two of the largest submarine cable operators, regarding this information request. Subsequently, the Commission provided the submarine cable operators an opportunity to comment on this information collection request by having informal discussions with them and by inviting them to a meeting held at the Commission's headquarters on May 13, 2008. Based on our discussions, we believe the submarine cable operators already have much of this information, and we amended the information request to clarify that the operators would not be required to generate new information in order to comply with this request but should supply the information to the extent it is generated in the normal course of business. We, therefore, are not asking for the operator to provide information not already generated in the operation of the submarine cable systems or in possession of the operator.
Specifically, the Commission requests that the cable landing licensees provide the following information regarding the submarine cable systems: (1) System status and restoration; (2) terrestrial route map; (3) undersea location spreadsheet; and (4) restoration capability.
With this revision to the OMB, there are some differences between this information collection request and the one for which emergency approval was granted. First, it recognizes that operator-generated information covering system status and restoration data in item (1) varies widely in format, content, threshold, and volume. Some may not generate all fields of data. Further, it clarifies that operators are not required to generate new information in order to comply with this request but should supply the information to the extent that it is generated in the normal course of business. Second, it allows operators to provide a terrestrial route map as either a map or an Excel spreadsheet (approved as only a map requirement in the emergency request). Third, it clarifies that operators should
While the Commission will be the collection point for this information, we will share it with the Departments and agencies that have direct responsibility for national and homeland security. This information is needed in order to support Federal government national security and emergency preparedness communications programs, for the purposes of providing situational awareness of submarine cable system performance as well as a greater understanding of potential physical threats to the submarine cable systems.