Nature and Extent of Confidentiality:No questions of a confidential nature are requested. Needs and Uses: The Commission is seeking OMB approval for a revision of this information collection (IC). We will submit this IC to OMB during this 30 day comment period. The Commission is reporting a 200 hour program change increase in burden and a $50,000 program change increase in annual costs. The increase in burden hours is due to FS operators compliance with the Rural Microwave Flexibility Policy adopted and released on August 3, 2012 in FCC 12-87, WT Docket No. 10-153,Backhaul Second Report and Order.
With the adoption of theBackhaul Second Report and Orderthe Commission adopted a Rural Microwave Flexibility Policy directing the Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to favorably consider waivers of the payload capacity requirements if Fixed Service (FS) applicants demonstrate compliance with certain criteria, which is adding a new reporting and recordkeeping requirement to this information collection.
The Policy directs the Bureau to favorably consider waivers of the requirements for payload capacity of equipment if the applicants demonstrate equipment compliance with the following criteria:
—The interference environment would allow the applicant to use a less stringent Category B antenna (although the applicant could choose to use a higher performance Category A antenna;
—The applicant specifically acknowledges its duty to upgrade to a Category A antenna and come intocompliance with the applicable efficiency standard if necessary to resolve an interference conflict with a current or future microwave link pursuant to 47 CFR 101.115(c);
—The applicant uses equipment that is capable of readily being upgraded to comply with the applicable payload capacity requirement, and provide a certification in its application that its equipment complies with this requirement;
—Each end of the link is located in a rural area (county or equivalent having population density of 100 persons per square mile or less);
—Each end of the link is in a county with a low density of links in the 4, 6, 11, 18 and 23 GHz bands;
—Neither end of the link is contained within a recognized antenna farm; and
—The applicant describes its proposed service and explains how relief from the efficiency standards will facilitate providing that service (e.g.,by eliminating the need for an intermediate hop) as well as the steps needed to come into compliance should an interference conflict emerge.
There is no change to the existing third party disclosure requirements. Additionally, Part 101 rule section require various information to be reported to the Commission; coordinated with third parties; posting requirements; notification requirements to the public; and recordkeeping requirements maintained by the applicant. This information is needed to determine the technical, legal and other qualifications of applications to operate a station in the public and private operational fixed services.
The information submitted to the Commission is used to determine compliance with 47 U.S.C. sections 309 and 310.
Federal Communications Commission.
Gloria J. Miles,
Federal Register Liaison, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.