Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; BroadbandMatch Web Site Tool, 35765-35766 [2010-15107]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 120 / Wednesday, June 23, 2010 / Notices 2011 Re-engineered SIPP field test interviews would be 6,720 hours in FY 2011. II. Method of Collection The 2011 Re-engineered SIPP field test instrument will consist of one household interview which will reference the calendar year 2010. The interview is conducted in person with all household members 15 years old or over using regular proxy-respondent rules. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0957. Form Number: SIPP/CAPI Automated Instrument. Type of Review: Regular. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,720 people. Estimated Time per Response: 60 minutes per person on average. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6,720. Estimated Total Annual Cost: The only cost to respondents is their time. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Section 182. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 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 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: June 17, 2010. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–15085 Filed 6–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Jun 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; BroadbandMatch Web Site Tool AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Commerce. 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 August 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 Ian Martinez, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, NTIA, at (202) 482–3027, imartinez@ntia.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Congress, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, appropriated $7.2 billion and directed the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits. The result is the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). BIP makes loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas. BTOP provides grants to fund broadband infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable broadband adoption projects. NTIA Administrator Larry E. Strickling, in his testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee, suggested the use of a ‘‘comprehensive PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35765 communities’’ strategy in BTOP’s second round of funding, aimed at supporting middle mile projects to anchor institutions in the community, such as libraries, colleges and potentially hospitals or public safety organizations, ideally with commitments from last mile providers who would build off of the middle mile projects to residential end users. This type of partnership might have been burdensome to potential applicant partners and nonanchors that still wish to participate in the BTOP program; as such, in coordination with the White House’s Open Government Initiative that seeks to promote transparency, openness and collaboration, NTIA decided to create a tool that would allow larger anchor institutions, smaller satellite organizations, Internet service providers and technical experts to find one another and create mutually beneficial partnerships. The tool, BroadbandMatch (available at https://match.broadbandusa.gov), allows potential applicants to find partners for broadband projects, helping them to combine expertise and create stronger proposals. Now, in support of the Recovery Act’s goals to create jobs, promote economic growth, and encourage participation of socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns, BroadbandMatch includes small disadvantaged businesses desiring to provide goods and services for broadband projects around the country. It is a helpful resource for firms seeking contracting opportunities with BTOP grantees, among other participants, and for purchasers intending to diversify their suppliers. Current participants will be solicited to continue their participation in the program by opting in; potentially, new participants will be encouraged through publicizing of BroadbandMatch using the press, conferences, and conversations between applicants/ grantees and Federal program officers. II. Method of Collection Participants in BroadbandMatch fill out an organizational profile form, containing information such as category or type of organization, preferred partnerships, geographic location, and basic contact information. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0660–0033. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (Extension of a currently approved information collection). E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 35766 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 120 / Wednesday, June 23, 2010 / Notices Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,500. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,125. 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 become a matter of public record. Dated: June 17, 2010. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–15107 Filed 6–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Establishment of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: International Trade Administration, DOC. ACTION: Notice of establishment of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and solicitation of nominations for membership. SUMMARY: Pursuant to provisions under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade announces the establishment of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (the Committee) by the Secretary of VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Jun 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 Commerce. The Committee shall advise the Secretary regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, including programs and policies to expand U.S. exports of goods and services related to renewable energy and energy efficiency in accordance with applicable United States regulations. This notice also requests nominations for membership. DATES: Nominations for members must be received on or before July 30, 2010. Nominations The Secretary of Commerce invites nominations to the committee of U.S. citizens who will represent U.S. companies in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector that trade internationally, or U.S. trade associations or U.S. private sector organizations with activities focused on the competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency goods and services. No member may represent a company that is majority owned or controlled by a foreign government entity or foreign government entities. Nominees meeting the eligibility requirements will be considered based upon their ability to carry out the goals of the Committee as articulated above. Self-nominations will be accepted. If you are interested in nominating someone to become a member of the Committee, please provide the following information: (1) Name, title, and relevant contact information (including phone, fax, and e-mail address) of the individual requesting consideration; (2) A sponsor letter on the company’s, trade association’s, or organization’s letterhead containing a brief description why the nominee should be considered for membership; (3) Short biography of nominee including credentials; (4) Brief description of the company, trade association, or organization to be represented and its business activities; company size (number of employees and annual sales); and export markets served; (5) An affirmative statement that the nominee is not a Federally registered lobbyist, and that the nominee understands that if appointed, the nominee will not be allowed to continue to serve as a Committee member if the nominee becomes a Federally registered lobbyist; (6) An affirmative statement that the nominee meets all Committee eligibility requirements. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Please do not send company, trade association, or organization brochures or any other information. Nominations may be e-mailed to brian.ohanlon@trade.gov or faxed to the attention of Brian O’Hanlon at 202–482– 5665, or mailed to Brian O’Hanlon, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries, Room 4053, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, and must be received before July 30. Nominees selected for appointment to the Committee will be notified by return mail. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian O’Hanlon, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries, Room 4053, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; phone 202–482–3492; fax 202–482–5665; e-mail brian.ohanlon@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background and Authority The Committee is being established under the discretionary authority of the Secretary, in response to an identified need for consensus advice from U.S. industry to the U.S. government on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. The Department of Commerce will also use the Committee’s advice in the Department’s role as co-chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) governs the Committee and sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. For purposes of the Committee, the ‘‘renewable energy and energy efficiency industry’’ refers to goods and services related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. However, to maintain focus on electricity generation, the strategy will not include biofuels, feedstock for biofuels, transportation, and energy efficiency as it relates to consumer goods. Biomass used for power or heat generation is included. In advising on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industry, the Committee shall advise on matters concerning: 1. The competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries and its ability to develop products, services and technologies, E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 120 (Wednesday, June 23, 2010)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-15107]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; BroadbandMatch 
Web Site Tool

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
Commerce.

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 August 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 Ian Martinez, Broadband Technology Opportunities 
Program, NTIA, at (202) 482-3027, imartinez@ntia.doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    Congress, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 
appropriated $7.2 billion and directed the Department of Agriculture's 
Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce's National 
Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to expand 
broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the 
U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, 
and provide long-term economic benefits. The result is the RUS 
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology 
Opportunities Program (BTOP). BIP makes loans and grants for broadband 
infrastructure projects in rural areas. BTOP provides grants to fund 
broadband infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable 
broadband adoption projects.
    NTIA Administrator Larry E. Strickling, in his testimony before the 
Senate Commerce Committee, suggested the use of a ``comprehensive 
communities'' strategy in BTOP's second round of funding, aimed at 
supporting middle mile projects to anchor institutions in the 
community, such as libraries, colleges and potentially hospitals or 
public safety organizations, ideally with commitments from last mile 
providers who would build off of the middle mile projects to 
residential end users. This type of partnership might have been 
burdensome to potential applicant partners and non-anchors that still 
wish to participate in the BTOP program; as such, in coordination with 
the White House's Open Government Initiative that seeks to promote 
transparency, openness and collaboration, NTIA decided to create a tool 
that would allow larger anchor institutions, smaller satellite 
organizations, Internet service providers and technical experts to find 
one another and create mutually beneficial partnerships.
    The tool, BroadbandMatch (available at https://match.broadbandusa.gov), allows potential applicants to find partners 
for broadband projects, helping them to combine expertise and create 
stronger proposals. Now, in support of the Recovery Act's goals to 
create jobs, promote economic growth, and encourage participation of 
socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns, 
BroadbandMatch includes small disadvantaged businesses desiring to 
provide goods and services for broadband projects around the country. 
It is a helpful resource for firms seeking contracting opportunities 
with BTOP grantees, among other participants, and for purchasers 
intending to diversify their suppliers.
    Current participants will be solicited to continue their 
participation in the program by opting in; potentially, new 
participants will be encouraged through publicizing of BroadbandMatch 
using the press, conferences, and conversations between applicants/
grantees and Federal program officers.

II. Method of Collection

    Participants in BroadbandMatch fill out an organizational profile 
form, containing information such as category or type of organization, 
preferred partnerships, geographic location, and basic contact 
information.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0660-0033.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (Extension of a currently 
approved information collection).

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    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,500.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,125.
    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 become a matter of public record.

    Dated: June 17, 2010.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-15107 Filed 6-22-10; 8:45 am]
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