Broadband Data Transparency Workshop, 54549-54550 [E9-25447]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 203 / Thursday, October 22, 2009 / Notices Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Notice of vendor to provide year 2010 cage tags. ACTION: NMFS informs surfclam and ocean quahog allocation owners that they will be required to purchase their year 2010 cage tags from the National Band and Tag Company. The intent of this notice is to comply with regulations for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries and to promote efficient distribution of cage tags. SUMMARY: Written inquiries may be sent to: Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930– 2298. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Macan, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9165; fax (978) 281–9135. The Federal Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fishery regulations at 50 CFR 648.75(b) authorize the Regional Administrator of the Northeast Region, NMFS, to specify in the Federal Register a vendor from whom cage tags, required under the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan (FMP), shall be purchased. Notice is hereby given that National Band and Tag Company of Newport, Kentucky, is the authorized vendor of cage tags required for the year 2010 Federal surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries. Detailed instructions for purchasing these cage tags will be provided in a letter to allocation owners in these fisheries from NMFS within the next several weeks. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 16, 2009. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–25468 Filed 10–21–09; 8:45 am] dcolon on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–22–S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dated: October 16, 2009. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–25466 Filed 10–21–09; 8:45 am] [Docket No. 070717342–7713–02] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RIN 0648–XS19 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery; 2010 Fishing Quotas for Atlantic Surfclams and Ocean Quahogs AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: NMFS is announcing that the quotas for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries for 2010 remain status quo. Regulations governing these fisheries require NMFS to notify the public in the Federal Register of the allowable harvest levels for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs from the Exclusive Economic Zone if the previous year’s quota specifications remain unchanged. ADDRESSES: Written inquiries may be sent to: Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930– 2298. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Macan, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9177; fax (978) 281–9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery management plan for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries requires that NMFS issue notification in the Federal Register of the upcoming year’s quota, even in cases where the quota remains unchanged from the previous year. At its June 2009 meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted that no action be taken to change the quota specifications for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs for the 2010 fishing year (January 1 through December 31, 2010), and recommended maintaining the 2008 quota levels of 3.4 million bu (181 million L) for Atlantic surfclams, 5.333 million bu (284 million L) for ocean quahogs, and 100,000 Maine bu (3.524 million L) for Maine ocean quahogs, as announced in the Federal Register on January 4, 2008 (73 FR 820). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:13 Oct 21, 2009 Jkt 220001 54549 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Data Transparency Workshop AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a public meeting regarding data related to broadband Internet access that the agency collects, data needs of researchers, and future broadband research. DATES: The meeting will be held on October 30, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230 (please enter at 14th Street). The disability accessible entrance is located at the 14th Street Aquarium Entrance. Any change in the location will be posted on NTIA’s website (www.ntia.doc.gov) prior to the meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding the meeting, contact James McConnaughey, NTIA, at (202) 482–1880 or JMcConnaughey@ntia.doc.gov. President Obama is committed to the expansion of broadband Internet access across the United States as a necessary part of the foundation for long term economic stability and prosperity.1 The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the President’s principal adviser on domestic and international communications policies pertaining to the Nation’s economic and technological advancement. In order to achieve the technology and broadband SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 See Guiding Principles, ‘‘Innovation in the Economy: Drive Economic Growth and Solve National Problems by Deploying a 21st Century Information Infrastructure,’’ http:// www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology. E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1 dcolon on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 54550 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 203 / Thursday, October 22, 2009 / Notices goals of the Administration, NTIA is working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), and other stakeholders to develop and implement economic and regulatory policies that foster broadband Internet access deployment and adoption. Current and detailed data on broadband Internet use and access by U.S. households is critical to allow policymakers not only to gauge progress made to date, but to identify problem areas. The purpose of the public meeting is to provide information to the research community regarding the type and availability of broadband data that may be made publicly available for use by the research community, and to hear from this research community with respect to their data needs. NTIA is authorized to conduct studies and evaluations concerning communications research and development and for 15 years, has developed and analyzed Internet data (including more recently the high-speed variety). These activities have provided essential data for prudent policymaking in this area, including fueling the needs of the research community whose work could be invaluable inputs for sound policies. NTIA currently collects broadband related data from several sources. Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and the Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA), two broadband initiatives within NTIA, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (State Broadband Data Program), are accumulating a variety of data.2 Under the State Broadband Data Program in particular, this includes data that will populate a comprehensive, interactive, and searchable nationwide inventory map of existing broadband service capability and availability in the United States that depicts the geographic extent to which broadband service capability is deployed, available, and adopted from a commercial or public provider throughout each State.3 In October 2009, the Census Bureau collected through the Current Population Survey (CPS) data based on questions that NTIA sponsored and developed to provide up-to-date information on the extent of U.S. 2 Broadband Data Improvement Act, Pub. Law No. 110–385, 122 Stat. 4096, section 106(b) (2008). The Secretary delegated his authority to meet the obligations of section 106 of the BDIA to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information on April 9, 2009. 3 Recovery Act, section 6001(l), 123 Stat. at 516. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:13 Oct 21, 2009 Jkt 220001 broadband adoption and the major reasons why current non-users choose not to adopt. Data have been generated by several demographic and geographic categories and must be weighted and appropriately aggregated before release. Census periodically releases public use files containing the raw data collected. These various data may be made publicly available for use by the research community to conduct economic, financial, demographic, and other studies. Such release, however, may be limited by such Federal disclosure laws as the Freedom of Information Act and the Trade Secrets Act. Specific information regarding the status of and data from specific applications for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (State Broadband Data Program) will not be discussed at the meeting. Matters to Be Considered: The meeting will include a discussion of the following topics: 1. The types and frequency of broadband Internet access data that NTIA can compile through its ongoing programs and research that will be useful to the research community. For example, NTIA has categories of data from the BTOP and State Broadband Data Program and is gathering information through the next CPS that may be useful to the research community; 2. The current sources of data available to the research community for research related to broadband Internet access; 3. The economic, social, policy, or other areas that research related to broadband Internet access can inform; 4. The emergent themes, trends, and new directions within the research community regarding broadband Internet access data; 5. The data format preferred by researchers including those for distributing broadband-related data on the Web to promote maximum transparency for researchers and the interested public; and 6. The legal requirements regarding the agency’s collection of and dissemination of data from third parties. Time and Date: The meeting will be held on October 30, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The times and the agenda topics are subject to change. The meeting may be webcast. Please refer to NTIA’s web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov, for the most up-to-date meeting agenda and webcast information. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Place: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230. The meeting will be open to the public and press on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Attendees should bring a photo ID and arrive early to clear security. The public meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Mr. McConnaughey at (202) 482–1880 or JMcConnaughey@ntia.doc.gov, at least five (5) business days before the meeting. Dated: October 19, 2009. Kathy D. Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. [FR Doc. E9–25447 Filed 10–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–S COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Notice of Intent, Pursuant to the Authority in Section 2(h)(7) of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Rule 36.3(c)(3), To Undertake a Determination Whether the NWP Rockies Financial Basis Contract, Offered for Trading on the IntercontinentalExchange, Inc., Performs a Significant Price Discovery Function AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice of action and request for comment. SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) is undertaking a review to determine whether the NWP 1 Rockies Financial Basis (‘‘NWR’’) contract, offered for trading on the IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (‘‘ICE’’), an exempt commercial market (‘‘ECM’’) under Sections 2(h)(3)–(5) of the Commodity Exchange Act (‘‘CEA’’ or the ‘‘Act’’), performs a significant price discovery function. Authority for this action is found in section 2(h)(7) of the CEA and Commission rule 36.3(c) promulgated thereunder. In connection with this evaluation, the Commission invites comment from interested parties. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 6, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 1 The acronym ‘‘NWP’’ indicates the Northwest Pipeline. E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Broadband Data Transparency Workshop

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce

ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA) will host a public meeting regarding data related to broadband 
Internet access that the agency collects, data needs of researchers, 
and future broadband research.

DATES: The meeting will be held on October 30, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 
Constitution Avenue, NW, Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 4830, 
Washington, DC 20230 (please enter at 14th Street). The disability 
accessible entrance is located at the 14th Street Aquarium Entrance. 
Any change in the location will be posted on NTIA's website 
(www.ntia.doc.gov) prior to the meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding the 
meeting, contact James McConnaughey, NTIA, at (202) 482-1880 or 
JMcConnaughey@ntia.doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: President Obama is committed to the 
expansion of broadband Internet access across the United States as a 
necessary part of the foundation for long term economic stability and 
prosperity.\1\ The National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration (NTIA) is the President's principal adviser on domestic 
and international communications policies pertaining to the Nation's 
economic and technological advancement. In order to achieve the 
technology and broadband

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goals of the Administration, NTIA is working with the Federal 
Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Agriculture's Rural 
Utilities Service (RUS), and other stakeholders to develop and 
implement economic and regulatory policies that foster broadband 
Internet access deployment and adoption. Current and detailed data on 
broadband Internet use and access by U.S. households is critical to 
allow policymakers not only to gauge progress made to date, but to 
identify problem areas.
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    \1\ See Guiding Principles, ``Innovation in the Economy: Drive 
Economic Growth and Solve National Problems by Deploying a 21\st\ 
Century Information Infrastructure,'' http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology.
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    The purpose of the public meeting is to provide information to the 
research community regarding the type and availability of broadband 
data that may be made publicly available for use by the research 
community, and to hear from this research community with respect to 
their data needs. NTIA is authorized to conduct studies and evaluations 
concerning communications research and development and for 15 years, 
has developed and analyzed Internet data (including more recently the 
high-speed variety). These activities have provided essential data for 
prudent policymaking in this area, including fueling the needs of the 
research community whose work could be invaluable inputs for sound 
policies. NTIA currently collects broadband related data from several 
sources. Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
(Recovery Act) and the Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA), two 
broadband initiatives within NTIA, the Broadband Technology 
Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the State Broadband Data and 
Development Grant Program (State Broadband Data Program), are 
accumulating a variety of data.\2\ Under the State Broadband Data 
Program in particular, this includes data that will populate a 
comprehensive, interactive, and searchable nationwide inventory map of 
existing broadband service capability and availability in the United 
States that depicts the geographic extent to which broadband service 
capability is deployed, available, and adopted from a commercial or 
public provider throughout each State.\3\
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    \2\ Broadband Data Improvement Act, Pub. Law No. 110-385, 122 
Stat. 4096, section 106(b) (2008). The Secretary delegated his 
authority to meet the obligations of section 106 of the BDIA to the 
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information on April 9, 
2009.
    \3\ Recovery Act, section 6001(l), 123 Stat. at 516.
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    In October 2009, the Census Bureau collected through the Current 
Population Survey (CPS) data based on questions that NTIA sponsored and 
developed to provide up-to-date information on the extent of U.S. 
broadband adoption and the major reasons why current non-users choose 
not to adopt. Data have been generated by several demographic and 
geographic categories and must be weighted and appropriately aggregated 
before release. Census periodically releases public use files 
containing the raw data collected.
    These various data may be made publicly available for use by the 
research community to conduct economic, financial, demographic, and 
other studies. Such release, however, may be limited by such Federal 
disclosure laws as the Freedom of Information Act and the Trade Secrets 
Act.
    Specific information regarding the status of and data from specific 
applications for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) 
and the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (State 
Broadband Data Program) will not be discussed at the meeting.
    Matters to Be Considered: The meeting will include a discussion of 
the following topics:
    1. The types and frequency of broadband Internet access data that 
NTIA can compile through its ongoing programs and research that will be 
useful to the research community. For example, NTIA has categories of 
data from the BTOP and State Broadband Data Program and is gathering 
information through the next CPS that may be useful to the research 
community;
    2. The current sources of data available to the research community 
for research related to broadband Internet access;
    3. The economic, social, policy, or other areas that research 
related to broadband Internet access can inform;
    4. The emergent themes, trends, and new directions within the 
research community regarding broadband Internet access data;
    5. The data format preferred by researchers including those for 
distributing broadband-related data on the Web to promote maximum 
transparency for researchers and the interested public; and
    6. The legal requirements regarding the agency's collection of and 
dissemination of data from third parties.
    Time and Date: The meeting will be held on October 30, 2009, from 
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The times and the agenda 
topics are subject to change. The meeting may be webcast. Please refer 
to NTIA's web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov, for the most up-to-date 
meeting agenda and webcast information.
    Place: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230. The 
meeting will be open to the public and press on a first-come, first-
served basis. Space is limited. Attendees should bring a photo ID and 
arrive early to clear security. The public meeting is physically 
accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring 
accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary 
aids, are asked to notify Mr. McConnaughey at (202) 482-1880 or 
JMcConnaughey@ntia.doc.gov, at least five (5) business days before the 
meeting.

    Dated: October 19, 2009.
Kathy D. Smith,
Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration.
[FR Doc. E9-25447 Filed 10-21-09; 8:45 am]
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