Information Collection Requirement Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority

CourtFederal Communications Commission
Citation87 FR 14263
Published date14 March 2022
Record Number2022-05249
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 49 (Monday, March 14, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 49 (Monday, March 14, 2022)]
                [Page 14263]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2022-05249]
                [[Page 14263]]
                [OMB 3060-0600; FR ID 76030]
                Information Collection Requirement Being Reviewed by the Federal
                Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority
                AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.
                ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
                SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens,
                and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the
                Federal Communications Commission (Commission) invites the general
                public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment
                on the following information collection. Comments are requested
                concerning: Whether the 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 estimate; 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.
                DATES: Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before May 13,
                ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Cathy Williams, FCC, via email to
                [email protected] and to [email protected]. Include in the comments the
                Title as shown in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies
                of the information collection, contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418-
                 OMB Control Number: 3060-0600.
                 Title: Application to Participate in an FCC Auction, FCC Form 175.
                 Form Number: FCC Form 175.
                 Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
                 Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, not-for-profit
                institutions, and state, local or Tribal governments.
                 Estimated Number of Respondents and Responses: 500 respondents and
                500 responses.
                 Estimated Time per Response: 90 minutes.
                 Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement.
                 Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
                Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in
                sections 154(i) and 309(j)(5) of the Communications Act, as amended, 47
                U.S.C. 4(i), 309(j)(5), and in sections 1.2105, 1.2110, 1.2112 of the
                Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.2105, 1.2110, 1.2112.
                 Estimated Total Annual Burden: 750 hours.
                 Total Annual Costs: No cost.
                 Needs and Uses: A request for extension of this information
                collection (no change in requirements) will be submitted to the Office
                of Management and Budget (OMB) after this 60-day comment period in
                order to obtain the full three year clearance from OMB. FCC Form 175 is
                used by the public to apply to participate in auctions for Commission
                licenses and permits. The Commission's auction rules and related
                requirements are designed to ensure that the competitive bidding
                process is limited to serious qualified applicants, deter possible
                abuse of the bidding and licensing processes, and enhance the use of
                competitive bidding to assign Commission licenses and permits in
                furtherance of the public interest. The information collected on FCC
                Form 175 is used by the Commission to determine if an applicant is
                legally, technically, and financially qualified to participate in an
                auction for Commission licenses or permits. Additionally, if an
                applicant applies for status as a particular type of auction
                participant pursuant to Commission rules, the Commission uses
                information collected on FCC Form 175 to determine whether the
                applicant is eligible for the status requested. Commission staff
                reviews the information collected on FCC Form 175 for a particular
                auction as part of the pre-auction process, prior to the auction being
                held. Staff determines whether each applicant satisfies the
                Commission's requirements to participate in the auction and, if an
                applicant claims status as a particular type of auction participant,
                whether that applicant is eligible for the status claimed. On June 28,
                2021, the Commission received approval from OMB under its emergency PRA
                processing provisions, 5 U.S.C. 1320.13, for a revision to the approved
                collection of information on FCC Form 175 under OMB Control Number
                3060-0600 for an additional certification requirement adopted for
                Auction 110 applicants requiring that, in addition to making the
                certifications already required by the Commission's rules in its FCC
                Form 175 auction application, each applicant also certify that it had
                read the public notice adopting procedures for the auction and had
                familiarized itself both with the auction procedures and with the
                requirements for obtaining a license and operating facilities in the
                3.45-3.55 GHz band. The information collection requirements under OMB
                Control Number 3060-0600 have not changed since they were approved by
                OMB on June 28, 2021. The Commission plans to continue to use FCC Form
                175 for its upcoming auctions for Commission licenses and permits,
                including the forward auction component of any incentive auction,
                collecting only the information necessary for each particular auction.
                 The Commission may not conduct or sponsor a collection of
                information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No
                person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a
                collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a
                valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.
                Federal Communications Commission.
                Katura Jackson,
                Federal Register Liaison Officer.
                [FR Doc. 2022-05249 Filed 3-11-22; 8:45 am]
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