Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Broadband Subscription and Usage Supplement to the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, 28781-28782 [2010-12350]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 99 / Monday, May 24, 2010 / Notices collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 23, 2010. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Larry Hall, BIS ICB Liaison, (202) 482–4895, lhall@bis.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This collection of information is needed to detect violations of the Export Administration Act and Regulations, and determine if an investigation or prosecution is necessary and to reach a settlement with violators. Voluntary self-disclosure of EAR violations strengthens BIS’s enforcement efforts by allowing BIS to conduct investigations of the disclosed incidents faster than would be the case if BIS had to detect the violations without such disclosures. BIS evaluates the seriousness of the violation and either (1) Informs the person making the disclosure that no action is warranted; (2) issues a warning letter; (3) issues a proposed charging letter and attempts to settle the matter; (4) issues a charging letter if settlement is not reached; and/or (5) refers the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. II. Method of Collection Submitted electronically or in paper form. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0694–0058. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 193. Estimated Time per Response: 10 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,930. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:51 May 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: May 19, 2010. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–12352 Filed 5–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–33–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Broadband Subscription and Usage Supplement to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 23, 2010. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to James McConnaughey, Senior Economist, Office of Policy and Analysis Development, NTIA, at (202) 482–1880, jmcConnaughey@ntia.doc.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28781 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract NTIA proposes to add eight questions to the Census Bureau’s October 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS) in order to gather reliable data on broadband (also known as high-speed Internet) use by U.S. households. President Obama has established a national goal of universal, affordable broadband access for all Americans.1 To that end, the Administration is working with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and other stakeholders to develop and advance economic and regulatory policies that foster broadband deployment and adoption. Current, systematic, and comprehensive data on broadband access and non-use by U.S. households is critical to allow policymakers not only to gauge progress made to date, but also to identify problem areas with a specificity that permits carefully targeted and cost effective responses. The need for comprehensive broadband data has become more pressing. The General Accountability Office (GAO), NTIA, and the FCC recently issued reports noting the lack of useful broadband data for policymakers, and Congress passed legislation—the Broadband Data Improvement Act in 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009—wholly or partly in response to such criticisms. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has ranked the United States a disappointing number 15 in household broadband access over the past several years despite a period of rapid growth in the technology’s penetration. The OECD looks to Census data as an important input into their inter-country benchmark analyses. Modifying the October CPS to include NTIA’s requested broadband data will allow the Commerce Department and NTIA to respond to congressional concerns, congressional directives, and to work with the OECD on its broadband methodologies with more recent data. II. Method of Collection Personal visits and telephone interviews, using computer-assisted telephone interviewing and computerassisted personal interviewing. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0660–0021. 1 See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/ files/20091217-recovery-act-investmentsbroadband.pdf (last viewed May 11, 2010). E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 28782 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 99 / Monday, May 24, 2010 / Notices Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (Reinstatement). Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,000. Estimated Time per Response: 90 seconds. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,350 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Requests for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will be a matter of public record. Dated: May 19, 2010. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Manufacturer: FEI Company, the Czech Republic. Intended Use: See notice at 75 FR 21232, April 23, 2010. Docket Number: 10–006. Applicant: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 21232, April 23, 2010. Instrument: Electron Microscope. Manufacturer: FEI Corporation, the Netherlands. Intended Use: See notice at 75 FR 21232, April 23, 2010. Docket Number: 10–007. Applicant: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130. Instrument: Electron Microscope. Manufacturer: JEOL, Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: See notice at 78 FR 21232, April 23, 2010. Comments: None received. Decision: Approved. No instrument of equivalent scientific value to the foreign instrument, for such purposes as these instruments are intended to be used, was being manufactured in the United States at the time the instruments were ordered. Reasons: Each foreign instrument is an electron microscope and is intended for research or scientific educational uses requiring an electron microscope. We know of no electron microscope, or any other instrument suited to these purposes, which was being manufactured in the United States at the time of order of each instrument. Dated: May 17, 2010. Christopher Cassel, Director, Subsidies Enforcement Office, Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–12427 Filed 5–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office [FR Doc. 2010–12350 Filed 5–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P [Docket No. PTO–C–2010–0045] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Liquid Crystal Institute, et al., Notice of Consolidated Decision on Applications for Duty–Free Entry of Electron Microscopes This is a decision consolidated pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89– 651, as amended by Pub. L. 106–36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301). Related records can be viewed between 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. in Room 3720, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue., NW, Washington, D.C. Docket Number: 10–005. Applicant: Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent, OH 44242. Instrument: Electron Microscope. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:51 May 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 Extension of Period for Nominations to the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for nominations. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) previously published a notice in the Federal Register requesting nominations of individuals to serve on the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee. The USPTO is extending the deadline until August 1, 2010. The United States Patent and Trademark Office will consider nominations received in response to the original notice as published on February 1, 2010, PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as well as from this notice of extension and from other sources. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice provides committee and membership criteria. DATES: Please submit nominations by August 1, 2010. ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted to Richard Maulsby, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450. Nominations also may be submitted via fax: (571) 270–9100 or by electronic mail to: nmti@uspto.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Maulsby, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450, telephone (571) 272–8333, or electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The committee was established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Title 5, United States Code, Appendix 2). The following provides information about the committee and membership: • Committee members are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce. The committee provides advice to the Secretary on the implementation of Public Law 96–480 (15 U.S.C. 3711), as amended August 9, 2007. • The committee functions solely as an advisory body under the FACA. Members are appointed to the 12member committee for a term of three years. Each will be reevaluated at the conclusion of the three-year term with the prospect of renewal, pending advisory committee needs and the Secretary’s concurrence. Selection of membership is made in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidelines. • Members are responsible for reviewing nominations and making recommendations for the Nation’s highest honor for technological innovation, awarded annually by the President of the United States. Members of the committee must have an understanding of, and experience in, developing and utilizing technological innovation and/or be familiar with the education, training, employment and management of technological manpower. • Under the FACA, membership on a committee must be balanced. To achieve balance, the Department is seeking additional nominations of candidates E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 99 (Monday, May 24, 2010)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-12350]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Broadband 
Subscription and Usage Supplement to the Census Bureau's Current 
Population Survey

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 23, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to James McConnaughey, Senior Economist, Office of Policy 
and Analysis Development, NTIA, at (202) 482-1880, 
jmcConnaughey@ntia.doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    NTIA proposes to add eight questions to the Census Bureau's October 
2010 Current Population Survey (CPS) in order to gather reliable data 
on broadband (also known as high-speed Internet) use by U.S. 
households. President Obama has established a national goal of 
universal, affordable broadband access for all Americans.\1\ To that 
end, the Administration is working with Congress, the Federal 
Communications Commission (FCC), and other stakeholders to develop and 
advance economic and regulatory policies that foster broadband 
deployment and adoption. Current, systematic, and comprehensive data on 
broadband access and non-use by U.S. households is critical to allow 
policymakers not only to gauge progress made to date, but also to 
identify problem areas with a specificity that permits carefully 
targeted and cost effective responses.
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    \1\ See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/20091217-recovery-act-investments-broadband.pdf (last viewed May 11, 2010).
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    The need for comprehensive broadband data has become more pressing. 
The General Accountability Office (GAO), NTIA, and the FCC recently 
issued reports noting the lack of useful broadband data for 
policymakers, and Congress passed legislation--the Broadband Data 
Improvement Act in 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
in 2009--wholly or partly in response to such criticisms. The 
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has ranked 
the United States a disappointing number 15 in household broadband 
access over the past several years despite a period of rapid growth in 
the technology's penetration. The OECD looks to Census data as an 
important input into their inter-country benchmark analyses. Modifying 
the October CPS to include NTIA's requested broadband data will allow 
the Commerce Department and NTIA to respond to congressional concerns, 
congressional directives, and to work with the OECD on its broadband 
methodologies with more recent data.

II. Method of Collection

    Personal visits and telephone interviews, using computer-assisted 
telephone interviewing and computer-assisted personal interviewing.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0660-0021.

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    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (Reinstatement).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 90 seconds.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,350 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Requests for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will be a matter of public record.

    Dated: May 19, 2010.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-12350 Filed 5-21-10; 8:45 am]
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