Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services, 55772-55775 [2017-25408]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES 55772 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 225 / Friday, November 24, 2017 / Rules and Regulations set forth in, the version of FCC Form 323 (including all instructions for the form and schedule) that is current on the date on which the ownership report is filed. If a Respondent has a current and unamended ownership report on file with the Commission that was filed pursuant to paragraphs (b)(1) or (c) of this section, was submitted using the version of FCC Form 323 that is current on the date on which the ownership report due pursuant to paragraph(b)(2) is filed, and is still accurate, the Respondent may certify that it has reviewed such ownership report and that it is accurate, in lieu of filing a new ownership report. (c) Each permittee or licensee of a commercial AM, FM or TV broadcast station and any entity that holds an interest in the permittee or licensee that is attributable pursuant to § 73.3555 (each a ‘‘Respondent’’), shall file an ownership report on FCC Form 323 within 30 days of consummating authorized assignments or transfers of permits and licenses. Each ownership report shall provide all information required by, and comply with all requirements set forth in, the version of FCC Form 323 (including all instructions for the form and schedule) that is current on the date on which the ownership report is filed. (d) The Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations (FCC Form 323–E) must be filed electronically every two years by each licensee of a noncommercial educational AM, FM or TV broadcast station and any entity that holds an interest in the licensee that is attributable pursuant to § 73.3555 (each a ‘‘Respondent’’). The ownership report shall be filed by December 1 in all oddnumbered years. Each ownership report shall provide all information required by, and comply with all requirements set forth in, the version of FCC Form 323–E (including all instructions for the form and schedule) that is current on October 1 of the year in which the ownership report is filed. The information provided on each ownership report shall be current as of October 1 of the year in which the ownership report is filed. A Respondent with a current and unamended biennial ownership report (i.e., an ownership report that was filed pursuant to this subsection) on file with the Commission that is still accurate and which was filed using the version of FCC Form 323–E that is current on October 1 of the year in which its biennial ownership report is due may electronically validate and resubmit its previously filed biennial ownership report. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Nov 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 (e)(1) Each permittee of a noncommercial educational AM, FM or TV broadcast station and any entity that holds an interest in the permittee that is attributable pursuant to § 73.3555 (each a ‘‘Respondent’’) shall file an ownership report on FCC Form 323–E within 30 days of the date of grant by the FCC of an application by the permittee for original construction permit. Each ownership report shall provide all information required by, and comply with all requirements set forth in, the version of FCC Form 323–E (including all instructions for the form and schedule) that is current on the date on which the ownership report is filed. (2) Except as specifically noted below, each permittee of a noncommercial educational AM, FM or TV broadcast station and any entity that holds an interest in the permittee that is attributable pursuant to § 73.3555 (each a ‘‘Respondent’’) shall file an ownership report on FCC Form 323–E on the date that the permittee applies for a station license. Each ownership report shall provide all information required by, and comply with all requirements set forth in, the version of FCC Form 323–E (including all instructions for the form and schedule) that is current on the date on which the ownership report is filed. If a Respondent has a current and unamended ownership report on file with the Commission that was filed pursuant to paragraphs (e)(1) or (f) of this section, was submitted using the version of FCC Form 323–E that is current on the date on which the ownership report due pursuant to this subsection is filed, and is still accurate, the Respondent may certify that it has reviewed such ownership report and that it is accurate, in lieu of filing a new ownership report. (f) Each permittee or licensee of a noncommercial educational AM, FM or TV broadcast station, and any entity that holds an interest in the permittee or licensee that is attributable pursuant to § 73.3555 (each a ‘‘Respondent’’), shall file an ownership report on FCC Form 323–E within 30 days of consummating authorized assignments or transfers of permits and licenses. Each ownership report shall provide all information required by, and comply with all requirements set forth in, the version of FCC Form 323–E (including all instructions for the form and schedule) that is current on the date on which the ownership report is filed.’’ § 74.797 [Corrected] 2. Beginning on page 19460, in the third column, § 74.797 is corrected to read as follows: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ‘‘The Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations (FCC Form 323) must be electronically filed by December 1 in all odd-numbered years by each licensee of a low power television station or other Respondent (as defined in § 73.3615(a) of this chapter). A licensee or other Respondent with a current and unamended biennial ownership report (i.e., a report that was filed pursuant to this subsection) on file with the Commission that is still accurate and which was filed using the version of FCC Form 323 that is current on October 1 of the year in which its biennial ownership report is due may electronically validate and resubmit its previously filed biennial ownership report. The information provided on each ownership report shall be current as of October 1 of the year in which the ownership report is filed. For information on filing requirements, filers should refer to § 73.3615(a) of this chapter.’’ Federal Communications Commission Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–25443 Filed 11–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Parts 73 and 74 [MB Docket No. 07–294, MD Docket No. 10– 234, FCC 16–1] Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Final rule; announcement of effective date. AGENCY: In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved, for a period of three years, amendments to the Commission’s rules and revised filing procedures and changes to FCC Form 323 (Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations) and FCC Form 323–E (Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations), which the Commission adopted in the Report and Order, Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services, FCC 16–1. This document is consistent with the Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the rule amendments SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 225 / Friday, November 24, 2017 / Rules and Regulations sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES and revised filing procedures and changes to Forms 323 and 323–E. DATES: Amendments to 47 CFR 73.3615 and 74.797 and changes to FCC Forms 323 and 323–E, published at 81 FR 19431, April 4, 2016, are effective November 28, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Williams, Cathy.Williams@ fcc.gov, (202) 418–2918. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that, on November 25, 2016, OMB approved, for a period of three years, amendments to sections 73.3615 and 74.797 of the Commission’s rules and revised filing procedures and changes to FCC Form 323 (Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations) and FCC Form 323–E (Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations), which the Commission adopted in the Report and Order, FCC 16–1, published at 81 FR 19432, April 4, 2016. The OMB Control Numbers are 3060–0010 and 3060–0084. The Commission publishes this document as an announcement of the effective date of the amendments to sections 73.3615 and 74.797 of the Commission’s rules and the revised filing procedures and changes to Forms 323 and 323–E. If you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, or how the Commission can improve the collection and reduce any burdens caused thereby, please contact Cathy Williams, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1– C823, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20556. Please include the OMB Control Numbers 3060–0010 and 3060– 0084 in your correspondence. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@ fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (TTY). Synopsis As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received OMB approval, on November 25, 2016, of amendments to sections 73.3615 and 74.797 of the Commission’s rules and revised filing procedures and changes to FCC Form 323 (Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations) and FCC Form 323–E (Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations). Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a current, valid OMB Control Number. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Nov 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Numbers for Forms 323 and 323–E are 3060–0010 and 3060–0084, respectively. The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507. The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents are as follows: OMB Control Number: 3060–0010. OMB Approval Date: November 25, 2016. OMB Expiration Date: November 30, 2019. Title: Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations, FCC Form 323; Section 73.3615, Ownership Reports; Section 74.797, Biennial Ownership Reports. Form Number: FCC Form 323. Respondents: Business or other forprofit entities; not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents and Responses: 4,340 respondents; 4,340 responses. Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; biennial reporting requirement. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for these collections are contained in 47 U.S.C. 151, 152(a), 154(i), 257, 303(r), 307, 309, and 310. Total Annual Burden: 9,620 hours. Total Annual Cost: $10,093,220. Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: FCC Form 323 collects two types of information from respondents: PII in the form of names, addresses, job titles and demographic information; and FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs). The FCC/MB–1 SORN, which was approved on November 28, 2016 (81 FR 72047), covers the collection, purpose(s), storage, safeguards, and disposal of the PII that individual respondents may submit on Form 323, as required under the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a). The Commission is drafting a privacy statement to inform applicants (respondents) of the Commission’s need to obtain the information and the protections that the Commission has in place to protect the PII. FRNs are assigned to applicants who complete FCC Form 160 (OMB Control No. 3060–0917). Form 160 currently requires applicants for FRNs to provide their Taxpayer Information Number PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 55773 (TIN) and/or Social Security Number (SSN). The FCC’s electronic Commission Registration System (CORES) then provides each registrant with a CORES FRN, which identifies the registrant in his/her subsequent dealings with the FCC. This is done to protect the individual’s privacy. Form 160 requires applicants for Restricted Use FRNs to provide an alternative set of identifying information that does not include the individual’s full SSN: His/her full name, residential address, date of birth, and only the last four digits of his/her SSN. Restricted Use FRNs may be used in lieu of CORES FRNs only on broadcast ownership reports and only for individuals (not entities) reported as attributable interest holders. The Commission maintains a SORN, FCC/ OMD–25, Financial Operations Information System (FOIS), to cover the collection, purpose(s), storage, safeguards, and disposal of the PII that individual respondents may submit on Form 160. Form 160 includes a privacy statement to inform applicants (respondents) of the Commission’s need to obtain the information and the protections that the FCC has in place to protect the PII. Privacy Act: The Commission is drafting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the personally identifiable information (PII) that is covered by the system of records notice (SORN), FCC/ MB–1, Ownership Reports for Commercial and Noncommercial Broadcast Stations. Upon completion of the PIA, it will be posted on the FCC’s Web site, as required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M–03–22 (September 22, 2003). Needs and Uses: On January 20, 2016, the Commission released a Report and Order, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration in MB Docket Nos. 07–294, 10–103, and MD Docket No. 10–234 (323 and 323–E Order). The 323 and 323–E Order refines the collection of data reported on FCC Form 323, Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations, and FCC Form 323– E, Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations. Specifically, the 323 and 323–E Order implements a Restricted Use FRN (RUFRN) within the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) that individuals may use solely for the purpose of broadcast ownership report filings; eliminates the availability of the Special Use FRN (SUFRN) for broadcast station ownership reports, except in very limited circumstances; prescribes revisions to Form 323–E that conform the reporting requirements for noncommercial educational (NCE) E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES 55774 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 225 / Friday, November 24, 2017 / Rules and Regulations broadcast stations more closely to those for commercial stations; and makes a number of significant changes to the Commission’s reporting requirements that reduce the filing burdens on broadcasters, streamline the process, and improve data quality. These enhancements will enable the Commission to obtain data reflecting a more useful, accurate, and thorough assessment of minority and female broadcast station ownership in the United States while reducing certain filing burdens. Licensees of commercial AM, FM, and full power television broadcast stations, as well as licensees of Class A and Low Power Television stations, must file FCC Form 323 every two years. Form 323 shall be filed by December 1 in all oddnumbered years. On September 1, 2017, the Commission’s Media Bureau released an Order in MB Docket No. 07– 294, DA 17–813, postponing the opening of the 2017 biennial filing window for the submission of broadcast ownership reports on FCC Forms 323 and 323–E and extending the 2017 filing deadline. Biennial Ownership Reports shall provide information accurate as of October 1 of the year in which the Report is filed. In addition, Licensees and Permittees of commercial AM, FM, and full power television stations must file Form 323 following the consummation of a transfer of control or an assignment of a commercial AM, FM, or full power television station license or construction permit; a Permittee of a new commercial AM, FM, or full power television station must file Form 323 within 30 days after the grant of the construction permit; and a Permittee of a new commercial AM, FM, or full power television broadcast station must file Form 323 to update the initial report or to certify the continuing accuracy and completeness of the previously filed report on the date that the Permittee applies for a license to cover the construction permit. In the case of organizational structures that include holding companies or other forms of indirect ownership, a separate Form 323 must be filed for each entity in the organizational structure that has an attributable interest in the Licensee or Permittee. OMB Control Number: 3060–0084. OMB Approval Date: November 25, 2016. OMB Expiration Date: November 30, 2019. Title: Ownership Report for Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Stations, FCC Form 323–E; Section 73.3615, Ownership Reports. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Nov 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 Form Number: FCC Form 323–E. Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions. Number of Respondents and Responses: 2,636 respondents; 2,636 responses. Estimated Time per Response: 1 to 1.5 hours. Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; biennial reporting requirement. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for these collections are contained in 47 U.S.C. 151, 152(a), 154(i), 257, 303(r), 307, 308, 309, and 310. Total Annual Burden: 3,867 hours. Total Annual Cost: $2,319,900. Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: FCC Form 323–E collects two types of information from respondents: PII in the form of names, addresses, job titles and demographic information; and FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs). The FCC/MB–1 SORN, which was approved on November 28, 2016 (81 FR 72047), covers the collection, purpose(s), storage, safeguards, and disposal of the PII that individual respondents may submit on Form 323– E, as required under the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a). The Commission is drafting a privacy statement to inform applicants (respondents) of the Commission’s need to obtain the information and the protections that the Commission has in place to protect the PII. FRNs are assigned to applicants who complete FCC Form 160 (OMB Control No. 3060–0917). Form 160 currently requires applicants for FRNs to provide their Taxpayer Information Number (TIN) and/or Social Security Number (SSN). The FCC’s electronic Commission Registration System (CORES) then provides each registrant with a CORES FRN, which identifies the registrant in his/her subsequent dealings with the FCC. This is done to protect the individual’s privacy. Form 160 requires applicants for Restricted Use FRNs to provide an alternative set of identifying information that does not include the individual’s full SSN: His/her full name, residential address, date of birth, and only the last four digits of his/her SSN. Restricted Use FRNs may be used in lieu of CORES FRNs only on broadcast ownership reports and only for individuals (not entities) reported as attributable interest holders. The Commission maintains a SORN, FCC/ OMD–25, Financial Operations Information System (FOIS), to cover the collection, purpose(s), storage, safeguards, and disposal of the PII that individual respondents may submit on PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Form 160. Form 160 includes a privacy statement to inform applicants (respondents) of the Commission’s need to obtain the information and the protections that the FCC has in place to protect the PII. Privacy Act: The Commission is drafting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the personally identifiable information (PII) that is covered by the system of records notice (SORN), FCC/ MB–1, Ownership Reports for Commercial and Noncommercial Broadcast Stations. Upon completion of the PIA, it will be posted on the FCC’s Web site, as required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M–03–22 (September 22, 2003). Needs and Uses: On January 20, 2016, the Commission released a Report and Order, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration in MB Docket Nos. 07–294, 10–103, and MD Docket No. 10–234 (323 and 323–E Order). The 323 and 323–E Order refines the collection of data reported on FCC Form 323, Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations, and FCC Form 323– E, Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations. Specifically, the 323 and 323–E Order implements a Restricted Use FRN (RUFRN) within the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) that individuals may use solely for the purpose of broadcast ownership report filings; eliminates the availability of the Special Use FRN (SUFRN) for broadcast station ownership reports, except in very limited circumstances; prescribes revisions to Form 323–E that conform the reporting requirements for noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcast stations more closely to those for commercial stations; and makes a number of significant changes to the Commission’s reporting requirements that reduce the filing burdens on broadcasters, streamline the process, and improve data quality. These enhancements will enable the Commission to obtain data reflecting a more useful, accurate, and thorough assessment of minority and female broadcast station ownership in the United States while reducing certain filing burdens. On April 21, 2017, the Commission released an Order on Reconsideration in MB Docket No. 07–294 and MD Docket No. 10–23 (323–E Reconsideration Order). The 323–E Reconsideration Order expands the option to use SUFRNs on Form 323–E. This action addresses several petitions for reconsideration of the 323 and 323–E Order and properly balances the Commission’s need to improve the E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 225 / Friday, November 24, 2017 / Rules and Regulations integrity and usability of its broadcast ownership data with the concerns raised in the petitions for reconsideration. Licensees of noncommercial educational AM, FM, and television broadcast stations must file FCC Form 323–E every two years. Pursuant to the new filing procedures adopted in the 323 and 323–E Order, Form 323–E shall be filed by December 1 in all oddnumbered years. On September 1, 2017, the Commission’s Media Bureau released an Order in MB Docket No. 07– 294, DA 17–813, postponing the opening of the 2017 biennial filing window for the submission of broadcast ownership reports on FCC Forms 323 and 323–E and extending the 2017 filing deadline. Biennial Ownership Reports shall provide information accurate as of October 1 of the year in which the Report is filed. In addition, Licensees and Permittees of noncommercial educational AM, FM, and television stations must file Form 323–E following the consummation of a transfer of control or an assignment of a noncommercial educational AM, FM, or television station license or construction permit; a Permittee of a new noncommercial educational AM, FM, or television station must file Form 323–E within 30 days after the grant of the construction permit; and a Permittee of a new noncommercial educational AM, FM, or television station must file Form 323–E to update the initial report or to certify the continuing accuracy and completeness of the previously filed report on the date that the Permittee applies for a license to cover the construction permit. In the case of organizational structures that include holding companies or other forms of indirect ownership, a separate Form 323–E must be filed for each entity in the organizational structure that has an attributable interest in the Licensee or Permittee. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–25408 Filed 11–22–17; 8:45 am] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 6712–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Nov 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 150902809–7999–02] RIN 0648–BF12 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Widow Rockfish Reallocation in the Individual Fishing Quota Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: Through this final rule, NMFS announces approval of a regulatory amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to reallocate quota shares (QS) of widow rockfish in the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. In January 2011, NMFS implemented the trawl rationalization program, which includes an IFQ Program for limited entry (LE) trawl participants. At the time of implementation, the widow rockfish stock was overfished and QS were allocated to QS permit holders in the Shorebased IFQ Program (the Program) only to cover widow rockfish bycatch that may be associated with harvest of target species. Now that widow rockfish has been rebuilt, this action reallocates QS to initial recipients to reestablish a target widow rockfish fishery. The reallocation is based on a target species formula that more closely represents the fishing history of permit holders when widow rockfish was a targeted species. This final rule also removes the daily vessel limit for widow rockfish, allows the trading of widow rockfish QS, and sets a deadline for divestiture of excess QS should the reallocation of widow rockfish cause any QS permit holder to exceed an accumulation limit. DATES: This rule is effective December 26, 2017, except for the amendment to § 660.140(d)(1)(ii)(A)(4), which will be effective from December 26, 2017 through December 31, 2018. ADDRESSES: NMFS prepared an environmental assessment (EA), a Regulatory Impact Review (RIR), and a Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA), which is included in the Classification section of this final rule. NMFS also prepared an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) for the proposed rule. Copies of the EA, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 55775 RIR, IRFA, FRFA and the Small Entity Compliance Guide are available from Barry A. Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115– 0070; or by phone at 206–526–6150. Copies of the Small Entity Compliance Guide are available on the West Coast Region’s Web site at http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/. Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this final rule may be submitted to the West Coast Region and by email to OIRA_ Submission@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395–7285. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keeley Kent, 206–526–4655, keeley.kent@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final rule modifies regulations to reallocate widow rockfish QS in the Pacific coast groundfish fishery trawl rationalization program and to allow the transfer of widow rockfish QS. The following sections describe: (1) The original allocation of widow rockfish under the trawl rationalization program, (2) rationale for why the Council selected the final preferred alternative (FPA), and (3) this final rule. NMFS published a proposed rule for this action on June 29, 2016 (81 FR 42295). The comment period on the proposed rule ended on July 29, 2016. NMFS received two comment letters with 12 substantive comments. A summary of these comments and NMFS’s responses are provided in the Comments and Responses section of this preamble. The preamble to the proposed rule provides more background and information on the history of initial quota share allocation, widow rockfish rebuilding, and the Council’s decision to reallocate widow rockfish QS, as well as a description of the reallocation formula, eligibility, and the application process for reallocated widow rockfish QS. The preamble to the proposed rule also describes the timeline for trading widow rockfish QS, the deadline for divestiture should the reallocation of widow rockfish put any QS permit owner over an accumulation limit, and the removal of the daily vessel limit for widow rockfish. Background on Allocations Under the Trawl Rationalization Program The Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP specifies management measures for over 90 different species of rockfish, flatfish, roundfish, sharks, skates, and other species, in Federal waters off the West Coast states. Target species in the E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Parts 73 and 74

[MB Docket No. 07-294, MD Docket No. 10-234, FCC 16-1]


Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting 
Services

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule; announcement of effective date.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approved, for a period of three years, 
amendments to the Commission's rules and revised filing procedures and 
changes to FCC Form 323 (Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast 
Stations) and FCC Form 323-E (Ownership Report for Noncommercial 
Broadcast Stations), which the Commission adopted in the Report and 
Order, Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting 
Services, FCC 16-1. This document is consistent with the Report and 
Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the 
Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the 
rule amendments

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and revised filing procedures and changes to Forms 323 and 323-E.

DATES: Amendments to 47 CFR 73.3615 and 74.797 and changes to FCC Forms 
323 and 323-E, published at 81 FR 19431, April 4, 2016, are effective 
November 28, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Williams, 
Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2918.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that, on November 
25, 2016, OMB approved, for a period of three years, amendments to 
sections 73.3615 and 74.797 of the Commission's rules and revised 
filing procedures and changes to FCC Form 323 (Ownership Report for 
Commercial Broadcast Stations) and FCC Form 323-E (Ownership Report for 
Noncommercial Broadcast Stations), which the Commission adopted in the 
Report and Order, FCC 16-1, published at 81 FR 19432, April 4, 2016. 
The OMB Control Numbers are 3060-0010 and 3060-0084. The Commission 
publishes this document as an announcement of the effective date of the 
amendments to sections 73.3615 and 74.797 of the Commission's rules and 
the revised filing procedures and changes to Forms 323 and 323-E. If 
you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, or how the 
Commission can improve the collection and reduce any burdens caused 
thereby, please contact Cathy Williams, Federal Communications 
Commission, Room 1-C823, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20556. 
Please include the OMB Control Numbers 3060-0010 and 3060-0084 in your 
correspondence.
    To request materials in accessible formats for people with 
disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), 
send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

Synopsis

    As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received OMB approval, 
on November 25, 2016, of amendments to sections 73.3615 and 74.797 of 
the Commission's rules and revised filing procedures and changes to FCC 
Form 323 (Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations) and FCC 
Form 323-E (Ownership Report for Noncommercial Broadcast Stations).
    Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a 
collection of information unless it displays a current, valid OMB 
Control Number.
    No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply 
with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act 
that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB 
Control Numbers for Forms 323 and 323-E are 3060-0010 and 3060-0084, 
respectively.
    The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Public Law 104-13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507.
    The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents 
are as follows:
    OMB Control Number: 3060-0010.
    OMB Approval Date: November 25, 2016.
    OMB Expiration Date: November 30, 2019.
    Title: Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations, FCC Form 
323; Section 73.3615, Ownership Reports; Section 74.797, Biennial 
Ownership Reports.
    Form Number: FCC Form 323.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities; not-for-profit 
institutions; State, Local, or Tribal Governments.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 4,340 respondents; 4,340 
responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; biennial 
reporting requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. 
Statutory authority for these collections are contained in 47 U.S.C. 
151, 152(a), 154(i), 257, 303(r), 307, 309, and 310.
    Total Annual Burden: 9,620 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: $10,093,220.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: FCC Form 323 collects two 
types of information from respondents: PII in the form of names, 
addresses, job titles and demographic information; and FCC Registration 
Numbers (FRNs).
    The FCC/MB-1 SORN, which was approved on November 28, 2016 (81 FR 
72047), covers the collection, purpose(s), storage, safeguards, and 
disposal of the PII that individual respondents may submit on Form 323, 
as required under the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a). 
The Commission is drafting a privacy statement to inform applicants 
(respondents) of the Commission's need to obtain the information and 
the protections that the Commission has in place to protect the PII.
    FRNs are assigned to applicants who complete FCC Form 160 (OMB 
Control No. 3060-0917). Form 160 currently requires applicants for FRNs 
to provide their Taxpayer Information Number (TIN) and/or Social 
Security Number (SSN). The FCC's electronic Commission Registration 
System (CORES) then provides each registrant with a CORES FRN, which 
identifies the registrant in his/her subsequent dealings with the FCC. 
This is done to protect the individual's privacy. Form 160 requires 
applicants for Restricted Use FRNs to provide an alternative set of 
identifying information that does not include the individual's full 
SSN: His/her full name, residential address, date of birth, and only 
the last four digits of his/her SSN. Restricted Use FRNs may be used in 
lieu of CORES FRNs only on broadcast ownership reports and only for 
individuals (not entities) reported as attributable interest holders. 
The Commission maintains a SORN, FCC/OMD-25, Financial Operations 
Information System (FOIS), to cover the collection, purpose(s), 
storage, safeguards, and disposal of the PII that individual 
respondents may submit on Form 160. Form 160 includes a privacy 
statement to inform applicants (respondents) of the Commission's need 
to obtain the information and the protections that the FCC has in place 
to protect the PII.
    Privacy Act: The Commission is drafting a Privacy Impact Assessment 
(PIA) for the personally identifiable information (PII) that is covered 
by the system of records notice (SORN), FCC/MB-1, Ownership Reports for 
Commercial and Noncommercial Broadcast Stations. Upon completion of the 
PIA, it will be posted on the FCC's Web site, as required by the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M-03-22 (September 22, 
2003).
    Needs and Uses: On January 20, 2016, the Commission released a 
Report and Order, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration 
in MB Docket Nos. 07-294, 10-103, and MD Docket No. 10-234 (323 and 
323-E Order). The 323 and 323-E Order refines the collection of data 
reported on FCC Form 323, Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast 
Stations, and FCC Form 323-E, Ownership Report for Noncommercial 
Broadcast Stations. Specifically, the 323 and 323-E Order implements a 
Restricted Use FRN (RUFRN) within the Commission's Registration System 
(CORES) that individuals may use solely for the purpose of broadcast 
ownership report filings; eliminates the availability of the Special 
Use FRN (SUFRN) for broadcast station ownership reports, except in very 
limited circumstances; prescribes revisions to Form 323-E that conform 
the reporting requirements for noncommercial educational (NCE)

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broadcast stations more closely to those for commercial stations; and 
makes a number of significant changes to the Commission's reporting 
requirements that reduce the filing burdens on broadcasters, streamline 
the process, and improve data quality. These enhancements will enable 
the Commission to obtain data reflecting a more useful, accurate, and 
thorough assessment of minority and female broadcast station ownership 
in the United States while reducing certain filing burdens.
    Licensees of commercial AM, FM, and full power television broadcast 
stations, as well as licensees of Class A and Low Power Television 
stations, must file FCC Form 323 every two years. Form 323 shall be 
filed by December 1 in all odd-numbered years. On September 1, 2017, 
the Commission's Media Bureau released an Order in MB Docket No. 07-
294, DA 17-813, postponing the opening of the 2017 biennial filing 
window for the submission of broadcast ownership reports on FCC Forms 
323 and 323-E and extending the 2017 filing deadline.
    Biennial Ownership Reports shall provide information accurate as of 
October 1 of the year in which the Report is filed.
    In addition, Licensees and Permittees of commercial AM, FM, and 
full power television stations must file Form 323 following the 
consummation of a transfer of control or an assignment of a commercial 
AM, FM, or full power television station license or construction 
permit; a Permittee of a new commercial AM, FM, or full power 
television station must file Form 323 within 30 days after the grant of 
the construction permit; and a Permittee of a new commercial AM, FM, or 
full power television broadcast station must file Form 323 to update 
the initial report or to certify the continuing accuracy and 
completeness of the previously filed report on the date that the 
Permittee applies for a license to cover the construction permit.
    In the case of organizational structures that include holding 
companies or other forms of indirect ownership, a separate Form 323 
must be filed for each entity in the organizational structure that has 
an attributable interest in the Licensee or Permittee.
    OMB Control Number: 3060-0084.
    OMB Approval Date: November 25, 2016.
    OMB Expiration Date: November 30, 2019.
    Title: Ownership Report for Noncommercial Educational Broadcast 
Stations, FCC Form 323-E; Section 73.3615, Ownership Reports.
    Form Number: FCC Form 323-E.
    Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 2,636 respondents; 2,636 
responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 to 1.5 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; biennial 
reporting requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. 
Statutory authority for these collections are contained in 47 U.S.C. 
151, 152(a), 154(i), 257, 303(r), 307, 308, 309, and 310.
    Total Annual Burden: 3,867 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: $2,319,900.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: FCC Form 323-E collects two 
types of information from respondents: PII in the form of names, 
addresses, job titles and demographic information; and FCC Registration 
Numbers (FRNs).
    The FCC/MB-1 SORN, which was approved on November 28, 2016 (81 FR 
72047), covers the collection, purpose(s), storage, safeguards, and 
disposal of the PII that individual respondents may submit on Form 323-
E, as required under the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 
552a). The Commission is drafting a privacy statement to inform 
applicants (respondents) of the Commission's need to obtain the 
information and the protections that the Commission has in place to 
protect the PII.
    FRNs are assigned to applicants who complete FCC Form 160 (OMB 
Control No. 3060-0917). Form 160 currently requires applicants for FRNs 
to provide their Taxpayer Information Number (TIN) and/or Social 
Security Number (SSN). The FCC's electronic Commission Registration 
System (CORES) then provides each registrant with a CORES FRN, which 
identifies the registrant in his/her subsequent dealings with the FCC. 
This is done to protect the individual's privacy. Form 160 requires 
applicants for Restricted Use FRNs to provide an alternative set of 
identifying information that does not include the individual's full 
SSN: His/her full name, residential address, date of birth, and only 
the last four digits of his/her SSN. Restricted Use FRNs may be used in 
lieu of CORES FRNs only on broadcast ownership reports and only for 
individuals (not entities) reported as attributable interest holders. 
The Commission maintains a SORN, FCC/OMD-25, Financial Operations 
Information System (FOIS), to cover the collection, purpose(s), 
storage, safeguards, and disposal of the PII that individual 
respondents may submit on Form 160. Form 160 includes a privacy 
statement to inform applicants (respondents) of the Commission's need 
to obtain the information and the protections that the FCC has in place 
to protect the PII.
    Privacy Act: The Commission is drafting a Privacy Impact Assessment 
(PIA) for the personally identifiable information (PII) that is covered 
by the system of records notice (SORN), FCC/MB-1, Ownership Reports for 
Commercial and Noncommercial Broadcast Stations. Upon completion of the 
PIA, it will be posted on the FCC's Web site, as required by the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M-03-22 (September 22, 
2003).
    Needs and Uses: On January 20, 2016, the Commission released a 
Report and Order, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration 
in MB Docket Nos. 07-294, 10-103, and MD Docket No. 10-234 (323 and 
323-E Order). The 323 and 323-E Order refines the collection of data 
reported on FCC Form 323, Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast 
Stations, and FCC Form 323-E, Ownership Report for Noncommercial 
Broadcast Stations. Specifically, the 323 and 323-E Order implements a 
Restricted Use FRN (RUFRN) within the Commission's Registration System 
(CORES) that individuals may use solely for the purpose of broadcast 
ownership report filings; eliminates the availability of the Special 
Use FRN (SUFRN) for broadcast station ownership reports, except in very 
limited circumstances; prescribes revisions to Form 323-E that conform 
the reporting requirements for noncommercial educational (NCE) 
broadcast stations more closely to those for commercial stations; and 
makes a number of significant changes to the Commission's reporting 
requirements that reduce the filing burdens on broadcasters, streamline 
the process, and improve data quality. These enhancements will enable 
the Commission to obtain data reflecting a more useful, accurate, and 
thorough assessment of minority and female broadcast station ownership 
in the United States while reducing certain filing burdens.
    On April 21, 2017, the Commission released an Order on 
Reconsideration in MB Docket No. 07-294 and MD Docket No. 10-23 (323-E 
Reconsideration Order). The 323-E Reconsideration Order expands the 
option to use SUFRNs on Form 323-E. This action addresses several 
petitions for reconsideration of the 323 and 323-E Order and properly 
balances the Commission's need to improve the

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integrity and usability of its broadcast ownership data with the 
concerns raised in the petitions for reconsideration.
    Licensees of noncommercial educational AM, FM, and television 
broadcast stations must file FCC Form 323-E every two years. Pursuant 
to the new filing procedures adopted in the 323 and 323-E Order, Form 
323-E shall be filed by December 1 in all odd-numbered years. On 
September 1, 2017, the Commission's Media Bureau released an Order in 
MB Docket No. 07-294, DA 17-813, postponing the opening of the 2017 
biennial filing window for the submission of broadcast ownership 
reports on FCC Forms 323 and 323-E and extending the 2017 filing 
deadline. Biennial Ownership Reports shall provide information accurate 
as of October 1 of the year in which the Report is filed.
    In addition, Licensees and Permittees of noncommercial educational 
AM, FM, and television stations must file Form 323-E following the 
consummation of a transfer of control or an assignment of a 
noncommercial educational AM, FM, or television station license or 
construction permit; a Permittee of a new noncommercial educational AM, 
FM, or television station must file Form 323-E within 30 days after the 
grant of the construction permit; and a Permittee of a new 
noncommercial educational AM, FM, or television station must file Form 
323-E to update the initial report or to certify the continuing 
accuracy and completeness of the previously filed report on the date 
that the Permittee applies for a license to cover the construction 
permit.
    In the case of organizational structures that include holding 
companies or other forms of indirect ownership, a separate Form 323-E 
must be filed for each entity in the organizational structure that has 
an attributable interest in the Licensee or Permittee.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-25408 Filed 11-22-17; 8:45 am]
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