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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

Information Collection(s) Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.
ACTION: Notice; request for comments.
SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3502-3520), the Federal Communications Commission invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection(s). 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 estimates; 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 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 (PRA) that does not display a valid OMB control number.

DATES: Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be submitted on or before October 24, 2012. If you anticipate that you will be submitting PRA comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the FCC contact listed below as soon as possible.
ADDRESSES: Submit your PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), via faxat 202-395-5167 or via Internet atNicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.govand to Judith B. Herman, Federal Communications Commission, via the Internet atJudith-b.herman@fcc.gov.To submit your PRA comments by email send them to:PRA@fcc.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith B. Herman, Office of Managing Director, FCC, at 202-418-0214.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control Number:3060-0233.

Title:Part 36, Separations.

Form Number:N/A.

Type of Review:Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents:Business or other for-profit.

Number of Respondents:1,162 respondents; 1,582 responses.

Estimated Time per Response:22 hours.

Frequency of Response:On occasion quarterly and annual reporting requirements and third party disclosure requirements.

Obligation To Respond:Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. sections 151, 154(i), and (j), 221(c) and 410(c) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Total Annual Burden:34,804 hours.

Total Annual Cost:N/A.

Privacy Impact Assessment:N/A.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality:No assurances of confidentiality have been given regarding the information. However, respondents may request materials or information submitted to the Commission be withheld from public inspection under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules

Needs and Uses:The Commission will submit this collection to the OMB for approval of a revision of this information collection.

In order to determine which carriers are entitled to universal service support, all rate-of-return regulated (rate-of-return) incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) must provide the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) with the loop cost and loop count data required by 47 CFR 36.611 for each of its study areas and, if applicable, for each wire center as that term is defined in 47 CFR part 54 of the Commission's rules.

Loops are the telephone lines running from the carrier's switching facilities to the customer. The loop cost and loop count information is to be filed annually with NECA by July 31st of each year, and may be updated quarterly pursuant to section 36.612. Pursuant to section 36.613, the information filed on July 31st of each year will be used to calculate universal service support for each study area and is filed by NECA with the Commission on October 1 of each year. An incumbent LEC is defined as a carrier that meets the definition of “incumbent local exchange carrier” in section 51.5 of the Commission's rules.

The Commission requires that non-rural carriers submit quarterly loop counts in order to ensure that universal service fund (USF) support for non-rural carriers is accurately calculated when competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) are present in the incumbent LECs' operating areas. Quarterly loop cost and loop count data filings are voluntary for rate-of-return carriers.

The Commission is submitting this collection to the OMB for approval of a revision of this information collection. The revision is due to the elimination of the requirement for price-cap regulated carriers and competitive carriers to file cost or loop count data.

OMB Control Number:3060-0824.

Title:Service Provider Identification Number and Contact Form.

Form Number:FCC Form 498.

Type of Review:Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents:Business or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Respondents:5,000 respondents; 5,000 responses.

Estimated Time per Response:1.5 hours.

Frequency of Response:On occasion reporting requirements and third party disclosure requirements.

Obligation to Respond:Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 151-154 and 254 the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Total Annual Burden:7,500 hours.

Total Annual Cost:N/A.

Privacy Impact Assessment:N/A.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality:The Commission notes that the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) who administers the universal service program must preserve the confidentiality of all data obtained from respondents and contributors to the universal service programs, must not use the data except for purposes of administering the universal service programs, and must not disclose data in company-specific form unless directed to do so by the Commission. With respect to the FCC Form 498, USAC shall publish each participant's name, SPIN, and contact information via USAC's Web site. All other information, including financial institution account numbers or routing information, shall remain confidential.

Needs and Uses:The Commission will submit this collection to the OMB for approval of a revision of this information collection.

One of the functions of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is to provide a means for the billing, collection and disbursement of funds for the universal service support mechanisms.

On October 1998, the OMB approved FCC Form 498, the “Service Provider Information Form” to enable USAC to collect service provider name and address, telephone number, Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), contact names, contact telephone numbers, and remittance information. FCC Form 498 enables participants to request a Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) and provides the official record for participation in the universal service support mechanisms. The remittance information provided by participants on FCC Form 498 enables USAC to make payments to participants in the universal service support mechanisms.

The following proposed revisions have been made to the FCC Form 498 for which we seek OMB approval:

• Added an additional field in block 3 for a company's Federal Registration Number (FRN);

• Added a column for the Study Area Code Company Name in block 8;

• Added the ability for a carrier to designate an alternate bank account for the payment of BEAR funds in block 11;

• Added a box in block 1 and a supplemental information sheet to allow respondents to include information about affiliates;

• Updated the Principal Communications Types in block 14 to include additional business types as listed on the FCC Form 499-A; and

• Added a box after every program on the form that will allow service providers to cease participation in the associated program without having to deactivate their entire SPIN.

Corresponding adjustments were made to the instructions to reflect the proposed changes to the FCC Form 498.

The information collected on the FCC Form 498 is used by USAC to disburse federal universal service support consistent with the specifications of eligible participants in the universal service programs. FCC Form 498 submissions also provide USAC with updated contact information so that USAC can contact universal service fund participants when necessary. Without such information, USAC would not be able to distribute support to theproper entities and this would prevent the Commission from fulfilling its statutory responsibilities under the Act to preserve and advance universal service.

Federal Communications Commission. Gloria J. Miles, Federal Register Liaison, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.