Respondents:Individuals or households and business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents:16,100,940 respondents; 41,828,019 responses.
Estimated Time per Response:.5782166 hours.
Frequency of Response:On occasion, quarterly, biennially, one time, monthly and annual reporting requirements, third party disclosure requirements and recordkeeping requirements.
Obligation to Respond:Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. sections 1, 4(i), 201-205, 214, 254 and 403 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
Total Annual Burden:24,185,658 hours.
Total Annual Cost:N/A.
Privacy Impact Assessment:Yes.
Nature and Extent of Confidentiality:The Commission is not requesting that respondents submit confidential information to the Commission. If the Commission requests information that the respondents believe is confidential, respondents may request confidential treatment of such information under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules. We note that the Commission's sponsor, the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) must preserve the confidentiality of all data obtain from respondents and contributors to the universal service support program mechanism, must not use the data except for the purposes of administering the universal service support program and must not disclose data in company-specific form unless directed to do so by the Commission.
Needs and Uses:The Commission will submit this collection to the OMB for approval of a revision of this information collection.
Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) are permitted to receive universal service support reimbursement for offering certain services to qualifying low-income customers. On February 6, 2012, the Commission released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, FCC 12-11, intended to take immediate action to address potential waste, fraud and abuse in the universal service low income program. For specific details of the proposed information collection requirements and other requirements adopted see 77 FR 29241.
Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,