Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program: Notice of Final Closing Date, 23795-23796 [2011-10332]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 82 / Thursday, April 28, 2011 / Notices 16 U.S.C. 1853(a)(15) and 50 CFR 600.310(j)(2)(i). In October 2009, Hayes et al. (2009) published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management a stock assessment of the Atlantic population of scalloped hammerhead sharks in U.S. waters. Based on this paper, in 2005, the population was estimated to be at 45 percent of the biomass that would produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY), and fishing mortality was estimated to be 129 percent of fishing mortality associated with MSY. The stock is estimated to be depleted by approximately 83 percent of virgin stock size (i.e., the current population is only 17 percent of the virgin stock size). In addition, it was estimated that a total allowable catch (TAC) of 2,853 scalloped hammerhead sharks per year (or 69 percent of 2005 catch) would allow a 70 percent probability of rebuilding within 10 years. NMFS has reviewed this paper and concluded that: the assessment is complete; the assessment is an improvement over a 2008 aggregated species assessment for hammerhead sharks; and the assessment is appropriate for U.S. management decisions. Based on the results of this paper, NMFS is making the determination that scalloped hammerhead sharks are overfished and experiencing overfishing. Pending the results of the ongoing sandbar, dusky, and blacknose shark stock assessments, NMFS will publish a Notice of Intent regarding the development of a fishery management plan amendment and implementing regulations to end overfishing and rebuild the scalloped hammerhead shark stock within two years as mandated under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. In addition, for fisheries experiencing overfishing, NMFS must propose and adopt effective ACLs and AMs to end overfishing. Dated: April 25, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–10328 Filed 4–27–11; 8:45 am] srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:01 Apr 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No. 110418247–1247–01] Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program: Notice of Final Closing Date National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of final closing date for receipt of applications and change in census database. AGENCY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announces that the final Closing Date for receipt of applications for the Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program (Upgrade Program) will be Monday, July 2, 2012. NTIA also announces that it will use population data from the newly available 2010 U.S. Census for applications received after July 1, 2011 in determining whether a facility meets the rurality eligibility requirement of the Upgrade Program. Applications submitted up to and including July 1, 2011, can continue to use the population reported in the 2000 Census. All other requirements for the Upgrade Program remain unchanged as set forth in the Notice of Availability of Funds and Program Guidelines (Upgrade Program NOFA), 74 FR 22402 (May 12, 2009), available at http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv/LP-UpgradeNOFA-FRMay-1209.pdf. DATES: NTIA will continue to process applications received by the first business day of each month as long as funds are available (Closing Dates), but the last Closing Date will be July 2, 2012. Applicants must ensure that the carrier they use guarantees delivery of the application by 5 p.m., Eastern Time on the Closing Dates. Applications received after any of the monthly Closing Dates will be held until the next grant round. Applicants should note that all material sent via the U.S. Postal Service (including ‘‘Overnight’’ or ‘‘Express Mail’’) is subject to delivery delays of up to two weeks due to mail security procedures at the Department of Commerce. If an application is received after the Closing Date due to (1) carrier error, when the carrier accepted the package with a guarantee for delivery by the Closing Date and Time, or (2) significant weather delays or natural disasters, NTIA will, upon receipt of proper documentation, consider the application as having been received by the deadline. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23795 To submit completed applications or send any other correspondence, write to the Upgrade Program at the following address: NTIA/ Upgrade Program, Room H–4812, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Application materials may be obtained electronically via the Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv. Applications submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. The Upgrade Program application is not available for submission through the Grants.gov Web site. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Upgrade Program Director, Public Broadcasting Division, NTIA Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, telephone: (202) 482–5802; fax: (202) 482–2156; e-mail: wcooperman@ntia.doc.gov. Information about the Upgrade Program can also be obtained electronically via the Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 12, 2009, NTIA published the Upgrade Program NOFA, which established a procedure through which NTIA would process applications received by the first business day of each month as long as funds were available. Although the Federal Communications Commission has not established a deadline for the conversion of analog low-power television facilities to digital broadcasting,1 pursuant to Section 3009 of the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 (the Act), NTIA’s authority to make payments for the Upgrade Program expires on September 30, 2012.2 Since NTIA must complete payments to Upgrade Program grant recipients by the end of September 2012, NTIA is providing potential applicants with approximately fourteen months advance notice of the final Closing Date. As of April 2011, NTIA has approximately $32 million available for award as reimbursement grants in the ADDRESSES: 1 See Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Memorandum Opinion and Order In the Matter of Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to Establish Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations and to Amend Rules for Digital Class A Television Stations, MB Docket 103–185, FCC 10–172, 25 F.C.C. Rcd. 13833 (rel. Sept. 17, 2010). 2 The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 is Title III of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Public Law 109–171, 120 Stat. 4, 21 (Feb. 8, 2006). Section 2(b) of the DTV Transition Assistance Act, Pub L. 110–295, 122 Stat. 2872 (July 30, 2008), amended section 3009 to clarify the period during which NTIA could make awards for the Upgrade Program. E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 23796 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 82 / Thursday, April 28, 2011 / Notices Upgrade Program account. NTIA will process applications received by the first business day of each month and will provide information monthly on the Upgrade Program Internet site regarding the amount of remaining funds available. In order to ensure that NTIA and the Grants Office complete processing of applications and issuing awards by September 30, 2012, NTIA must receive final Upgrade Program applications no later than 5 p.m., Eastern Time, July 2, 2012. If NTIA or the Grants Office determines that an application submitted for the July 2, 2012, last Closing Date requires additional information, the applicant must provide the requested information within ten business days or NTIA will discontinue processing the application. NTIA also announces that it will use population data from the newly available 2010 U.S. Census for applications received after July 1, 2011, in determining whether an application meets the statutory requirement to ‘‘upgrade low-power television stations from analog to digital in eligible rural communities.’’ 3 Applications submitted up to and including July 1, 2011, can continue to use the population reported in the 2000 Census to determine station eligibility. After July 1, 2011, population figures from the 2000 Census will continue to be available on the Upgrade Program Web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv/ Application/, and may be used as a preliminary guide to determine eligibility. Almost all stations showing an NTIA-calculated population of significantly less than 20,000 using 2000 Census data should continue to be eligible for the Upgrade Program. NTIA will provide 2010 Census population figures for any facility that requests such information. Potential applicants may email a request, which must include the FCC Facility ID number, to: ldyer@ntia.doc.gov. For applications submitted after July 1, 2011, applicants may also use the other methods of determining eligibility discussed in the Upgrade Program NOFA so long as those methods rely on 2010 Census data. Upgrade Program staff remain available to assist potential applicants in complying with program requirements. All Upgrade Program instructions and forms remain available on the NTIA Internet site at http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv. 3 The Act at § 3009 (emphasis added). NTIA’s interpretation and implementation of this requirement is discussed at length in the Upgrade Program NOFA. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:01 Apr 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 Dated: April 25, 2011. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications. [FR Doc. 2011–10332 Filed 4–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Meeting National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces a public meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on spectrum management policy matters. DATES: The meeting will be held on May 25, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Eastern Daylight Standard Time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 6029, Washington, DC 20230. Public comments may be mailed to Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230, or e-mailed to spectrumadvisory@ntia.doc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce M. Washington, Designated Federal Officer, at (202) 482–6415, or BWashington@ntia.doc.gov; and/or visit NTIA’s Web site at http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/advisory/spectrum. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Committee provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on needed reforms to domestic spectrum policies and management in order to: License radio frequencies in a way that maximizes their public benefits; keep wireless networks open to innovation as possible; and make wireless services available to all Americans (see charter at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/advisory/ spectrum/csmac_charter.html). This Committee is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and is consistent with the National Telecommunications and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Information Administration Act, 47 U.S.C. 904(b). The Committee functions solely as an advisory body in compliance with the FACA. For more information about the Committee visit: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/advisory/ spectrum. Matters To Be Considered: The Committee will discuss its work plan for the next two-year period including advice regarding accomplishment of the President’s ten-year goal to identify 500 megahertz for wireless broadband. NTIA will post a detailed agenda on its Web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov, prior to the meeting. There also will be an opportunity for public comment at the meeting. Time and Date: The meeting will be held on May 25, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. The times and the agenda topics are subject to change. The meeting may be webcast or made available via audio link. Please refer to NTIA’s Web site, http:// www.ntia.doc.gov, for the most up-todate meeting agenda and access information. Place: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 6029, Washington, DC 20230. The meeting will be open to the public and press on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. 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. Washington, at (202) 482–6415 or BWashington@ntia.doc.gov, at least five (5) business days before the meeting. Status: Interested parties are invited to attend and to submit written comments to the Committee at any time before or after the meeting. Parties wishing to submit written comments for consideration by the Committee in advance of this meeting must send them to NTIA’s Washington, DC office at the above-listed address and must be received by close of business on May 18, 2011, to provide sufficient time for review. Comments received after May 18, 2011, will be distributed to the Committee, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting. It would be helpful if paper submissions also include a compact disc (CD) in HTML, ASCII, Word or WordPerfect format (please specify version). CDs should be labeled with the name and organizational affiliation of the filer, and the name of the word processing program used to create the document. Alternatively, comments may be submitted electronically to E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

[Docket No. 110418247-1247-01]


Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program: Notice of 
Final Closing Date

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

ACTION: Notice of final closing date for receipt of applications and 
change in census database.

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SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA) announces that the final Closing Date for receipt of 
applications for the Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade 
Program (Upgrade Program) will be Monday, July 2, 2012. NTIA also 
announces that it will use population data from the newly available 
2010 U.S. Census for applications received after July 1, 2011 in 
determining whether a facility meets the rurality eligibility 
requirement of the Upgrade Program. Applications submitted up to and 
including July 1, 2011, can continue to use the population reported in 
the 2000 Census. All other requirements for the Upgrade Program remain 
unchanged as set forth in the Notice of Availability of Funds and 
Program Guidelines (Upgrade Program NOFA), 74 FR 22402 (May 12, 2009), 
available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv/LP-Upgrade-NOFA-FRMay-1209.pdf.

DATES: NTIA will continue to process applications received by the first 
business day of each month as long as funds are available (Closing 
Dates), but the last Closing Date will be July 2, 2012. Applicants must 
ensure that the carrier they use guarantees delivery of the application 
by 5 p.m., Eastern Time on the Closing Dates. Applications received 
after any of the monthly Closing Dates will be held until the next 
grant round. Applicants should note that all material sent via the U.S. 
Postal Service (including ``Overnight'' or ``Express Mail'') is subject 
to delivery delays of up to two weeks due to mail security procedures 
at the Department of Commerce. If an application is received after the 
Closing Date due to (1) carrier error, when the carrier accepted the 
package with a guarantee for delivery by the Closing Date and Time, or 
(2) significant weather delays or natural disasters, NTIA will, upon 
receipt of proper documentation, consider the application as having 
been received by the deadline.

ADDRESSES: To submit completed applications or send any other 
correspondence, write to the Upgrade Program at the following address: 
NTIA/Upgrade Program, Room H-4812, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Application materials 
may be obtained electronically via the Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv. Applications submitted by facsimile will not be 
accepted. The Upgrade Program application is not available for 
submission through the Grants.gov Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Upgrade Program 
Director, Public Broadcasting Division, NTIA Office of 
Telecommunications and Information Applications, telephone: (202) 482-
5802; fax: (202) 482-2156; e-mail: wcooperman@ntia.doc.gov. Information 
about the Upgrade Program can also be obtained electronically via the 
Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 12, 2009, NTIA published the Upgrade 
Program NOFA, which established a procedure through which NTIA would 
process applications received by the first business day of each month 
as long as funds were available.
    Although the Federal Communications Commission has not established 
a deadline for the conversion of analog low-power television facilities 
to digital broadcasting,\1\ pursuant to Section 3009 of the Digital 
Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 (the Act), NTIA's 
authority to make payments for the Upgrade Program expires on September 
30, 2012.\2\ Since NTIA must complete payments to Upgrade Program grant 
recipients by the end of September 2012, NTIA is providing potential 
applicants with approximately fourteen months advance notice of the 
final Closing Date.
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    \1\ See Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Memorandum 
Opinion and Order In the Matter of Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of 
the Commission's Rules to Establish Rules for Digital Low Power 
Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations 
and to Amend Rules for Digital Class A Television Stations, MB 
Docket 103-185, FCC 10-172, 25 F.C.C. Rcd. 13833 (rel. Sept. 17, 
2010).
    \2\ The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 
2005 is Title III of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Public Law 
109-171, 120 Stat. 4, 21 (Feb. 8, 2006). Section 2(b) of the DTV 
Transition Assistance Act, Pub L. 110-295, 122 Stat. 2872 (July 30, 
2008), amended section 3009 to clarify the period during which NTIA 
could make awards for the Upgrade Program.
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    As of April 2011, NTIA has approximately $32 million available for 
award as reimbursement grants in the

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Upgrade Program account. NTIA will process applications received by the 
first business day of each month and will provide information monthly 
on the Upgrade Program Internet site regarding the amount of remaining 
funds available. In order to ensure that NTIA and the Grants Office 
complete processing of applications and issuing awards by September 30, 
2012, NTIA must receive final Upgrade Program applications no later 
than 5 p.m., Eastern Time, July 2, 2012.
    If NTIA or the Grants Office determines that an application 
submitted for the July 2, 2012, last Closing Date requires additional 
information, the applicant must provide the requested information 
within ten business days or NTIA will discontinue processing the 
application.
    NTIA also announces that it will use population data from the newly 
available 2010 U.S. Census for applications received after July 1, 
2011, in determining whether an application meets the statutory 
requirement to ``upgrade low-power television stations from analog to 
digital in eligible rural communities.'' \3\ Applications submitted up 
to and including July 1, 2011, can continue to use the population 
reported in the 2000 Census to determine station eligibility.
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    \3\ The Act at Sec.  3009 (emphasis added). NTIA's 
interpretation and implementation of this requirement is discussed 
at length in the Upgrade Program NOFA.
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    After July 1, 2011, population figures from the 2000 Census will 
continue to be available on the Upgrade Program Web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv/Application/, and may be used as a preliminary 
guide to determine eligibility. Almost all stations showing an NTIA-
calculated population of significantly less than 20,000 using 2000 
Census data should continue to be eligible for the Upgrade Program. 
NTIA will provide 2010 Census population figures for any facility that 
requests such information. Potential applicants may e-mail a request, 
which must include the FCC Facility ID number, to: ldyer@ntia.doc.gov. 
For applications submitted after July 1, 2011, applicants may also use 
the other methods of determining eligibility discussed in the Upgrade 
Program NOFA so long as those methods rely on 2010 Census data.
    Upgrade Program staff remain available to assist potential 
applicants in complying with program requirements. All Upgrade Program 
instructions and forms remain available on the NTIA Internet site at 
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv.

    Dated: April 25, 2011.
Bernadette McGuire-Rivera,
Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information 
Applications.
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