Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2019, 65767-65768 [2019-25860]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Proposed Rules BILLING CODE 6560–50–C FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 1 [MD Docket No. 19–105; DA 19–1183; FRS 16274] Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule, extension of comment and reply comment period. AGENCY: In this document, the Commission extends the comment and reply comment period of the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking portion of the proceeding that was released on August 27, 2019. DATES: The deadline for filing comments is extended to December 6, 2019, and the deadline for filing reply comments is extended to January 6, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by MD Docket No. 19–105, by any of the following methods: • Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the internet by khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 accessing the ECFS: http://apps.fcc.gov/ ecfs/. • People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone: 202–418–0530 or TTY: 202– 418–0432. • Email: ecfs@fcc.gov. Include MD Docket No. 19–105 in the subject line of the message. D Mail: Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail, and Priority Mail, must be sent to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roland Helvajian, Office of Managing Director at (202) 418–0444. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For a full text of the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) document,1 please see the FCC Reference Center, 445 12th Street SW, Room CY–A257, Portals II, 1 Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2019, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 34 FCC Rcd 8189 (2019). PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Washington, DC 20554 for copying and inspection. This document is available in alternative formats (computer diskette, large print, audio record, and braille). Persons with disabilities who need documents in these formats may contact the FCC by email: FCC504@ fcc.gov or phone: 202–418–0530 or TTY: 202–418–0432. I. Background 1. On August 27, 2019, the Commission released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding.2 In the FNPRM, the Commission seeks comment on a number of regulatory fee issues, including assessing regulatory fees on non-U.S. licensed space stations, allocation of International Bureau staff for purposes of calculating regulatory fees and issues arising out of the updated methodology for assessing fees on broadcast TV providers. Comments were due on November 22, 2019 and reply comments due on December 23, 2019.3 2 Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2019, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 34 FCC Rcd 8189 (2019). 3 Publication of Regulatory Fee Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, Public Notice, DA 19–1067 (rel. Oct. 23, 2019). E:\FR\FM\29NOP1.SGM 29NOP1 EP29NO19.006</GPH> [FR Doc. 2019–25356 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] 65767 65768 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Proposed Rules 2. SIA requests an extension of the comment period to December 13, 2019. In support of its request, SIA explains that the issues are complex and their resolution will have a significant impact on its’ member companies. Many of SIA’s members, however, are currently participating in the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC–19) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, which runs from October 28 through November 22. SIA requests the extension to ensure affected companies will have sufficient time to consider and respond to the Commission’s proposed changes upon their return from WRC– 19. 3. As set forth in section 1.46 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission’s policy is that extensions of time for filing comments in rulemaking proceedings shall not be routinely granted. In this case, however, we find that the scope, and importance of the issues raised in the FNPRM warrant an extension of the comment and reply comment deadlines. We believe that extending the deadlines will serve the public interest by providing interested parties with additional time to develop full and complete responses to inform the Commission’s deliberations. Therefore, the Office of Managing Director (OMD) grants a request filed by the Satellite Industry Association (‘‘SIA’’) seeking an extension of time to submit comments and reply comments in response to Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in this proceeding. The deadline for filing comments is extended to December 6, 2019, and the deadline for filing reply comments is extended to January 6, 2020. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS II. Ordering Clauses 4. Accordingly, it is ordered that, pursuant to sections 4(i), 4(j), and 303(r) of the Communications Act, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), and 303(r), and section 1.46 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR 1.46, the Request for Extension of Time to File Comments and Reply Comments filed by the Satellite Industry Association is granted. The deadline for filing comments is extended to December 6, 2019, and the deadline for filing reply comments is extended to January 6, 2020. 5. It is further ordered that, pursuant to section 1.102(b)(1) of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR 1.102(b)(1), this document shall be effective upon release. This action is taken pursuant to the authority delegated by Sections 0.11 and 0.231 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR 0.11, 0.231. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 Federal Communications Commission. Marlene Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–25860 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD 49 CFR Part 1244 [Docket No. EP 385 (Sub-No. 8)] Waybill Sample Reporting Surface Transportation Board. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Surface Transportation Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations with respect to the Waybill Sample data that railroads are required to submit to the Board. The proposed amendments to the Waybill Sample regulations would simplify the sampling rates of non-intermodal carload shipments and specify separate sampling strata and rates for intermodal shipments. DATES: Comments are due by January 28, 2020. Replies are due by February 27, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments and replies may be filed with the Board either via efiling or in writing addressed to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: Docket No. EP 385 (Sub-No. 8), 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. Comments and replies will be posted on the Board’s website at www.stb.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathon Binet at (202) 245–0368. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A waybill is a ‘‘document or instrument prepared from the bill of lading contract or shipper’s instructions as to the disposition of the freight, and [is] used by the railroad(s) involved as the authority to move the shipment and as the basis for determining the freight charges and interline settlements.’’ 49 CFR 1244.1(c). Among other things, a waybill currently contains the following data: (1) The originating and terminating freight stations; (2) the railroads participating in the movement; (3) the points of all railroad interchanges; (4) the number and type of cars; (5) the car initial and number; (6) the movement weight in hundredweight; (7) the commodity; and (8) the freight revenue. Rail carriers are required to file a sample of waybills, which includes this data. See 49 CFR 1244.2(a). The Board creates an aggregate compilation of the sampled waybills of all reporting carriers, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 referred to as the Waybill Sample. The Waybill Sample is the Board’s principal source of data about freight rail shipments. It has broad application in, among other things, rate cases, the development of costing systems, productivity studies, exemption decisions, and analyses of industry trends. First collected in 1946 by the Board’s predecessor,1 the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), the Waybill Sample is also used by other Federal agencies, state and local government agencies, the transportation industry, shippers, research organizations, universities, and others that have a need for rail shipment data. Because some of the submitted waybill data is commercially sensitive, the Board’s regulations place limitations on the release and use of confidential Waybill Sample data. See 49 CFR 1244.9; see also 49 U.S.C. 11904.2 In January 2018, the Board established its Rate Reform Task Force (RRTF), with the objectives of developing recommendations to reform and streamline the Board’s rate review processes for large cases, and determining how to best provide a rate review process for smaller cases. After holding informal meetings throughout 2018, the RRTF issued a report on April 25, 2019 (RRTF Report).3 Among other recommendations, the RRTF Report included a recommendation that the Board change the sampling rates for its Waybill Sample. RRTF Report 14. The RRTF explained that data from the Waybill Sample is critical to certain rate cases, in particular the ThreeBenchmark methodology, and that a more robust sample size would address issues with those cases. Id. at 47. Having considered the recommendations included in the RRTF Report and the overall utility of the current Waybill Sample, the Board now proposes to simplify the sampling rate for nonintermodal carload shipments and specify separate sampling strata and 1 See Bureau of Transp. Econ. & Stat., Interstate Com. Comm’n, Statement No. 543, Waybill Statistics their History and Uses 15, 19, 40 (1954); Waybill Analysis of Transp. of Prop.—R.Rs., 364 I.C.C. 928, 929 (1981) (‘‘Since 1946, the Interstate Commerce Commission has collected a continuous sample of carload waybills for railroads terminating shipments.’’). 2 Any grant of access to confidential Waybill Sample data requires the requestor to execute a confidentiality agreement before receiving the data. See 49 CFR 1244.9(a)–(e). In addition to the confidential Waybill Sample, the Board also generates a Public Use Waybill File that includes only non-confidential data. See 49 CFR 1244.9(b)(5). 3 The RRTF Report was posted on the Board’s website on April 29, 2019, and can be accessed at https://www.stb.gov/stb/rail/Rate_Reform_Task_ Force_Report.pdf. E:\FR\FM\29NOP1.SGM 29NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 230 (Friday, November 29, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 65767-65768]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-25860]


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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 1

[MD Docket No. 19-105; DA 19-1183; FRS 16274]


Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2019

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule, extension of comment and reply comment period.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission extends the comment and reply 
comment period of the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking portion of 
the proceeding that was released on August 27, 2019.

DATES: The deadline for filing comments is extended to December 6, 
2019, and the deadline for filing reply comments is extended to January 
6, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by MD Docket No. 19-105, 
by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically 
using the internet by accessing the ECFS: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/.
     People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request 
reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language 
interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: [email protected] or phone: 202-418-
0530 or TTY: 202-418-0432.
     Email: [email protected]. Include MD Docket No. 19-105 in the 
subject line of the message.
    [ssquf] Mail: Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal 
Service Express Mail, and Priority Mail, must be sent to 9050 Junction 
Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.
    For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roland Helvajian, Office of Managing 
Director at (202) 418-0444.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For a full text of the Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) document,\1\ please see the FCC Reference 
Center, 445 12th Street SW, Room CY-A257, Portals II, Washington, DC 
20554 for copying and inspection. This document is available in 
alternative formats (computer diskette, large print, audio record, and 
braille). Persons with disabilities who need documents in these formats 
may contact the FCC by email: [email protected] or phone: 202-418-0530 or 
TTY: 202-418-0432.
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    \1\ Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 
2019, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 34 
FCC Rcd 8189 (2019).
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I. Background

    1. On August 27, 2019, the Commission released a Report and Order 
and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding.\2\ In the 
FNPRM, the Commission seeks comment on a number of regulatory fee 
issues, including assessing regulatory fees on non-U.S. licensed space 
stations, allocation of International Bureau staff for purposes of 
calculating regulatory fees and issues arising out of the updated 
methodology for assessing fees on broadcast TV providers. Comments were 
due on November 22, 2019 and reply comments due on December 23, 
2019.\3\
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    \2\ Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 
2019, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 34 
FCC Rcd 8189 (2019).
    \3\ Publication of Regulatory Fee Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking in the Federal Register, Public Notice, DA 19-1067 (rel. 
Oct. 23, 2019).

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    2. SIA requests an extension of the comment period to December 13, 
2019. In support of its request, SIA explains that the issues are 
complex and their resolution will have a significant impact on its' 
member companies. Many of SIA's members, however, are currently 
participating in the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) in 
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, which runs from October 28 through November 22. 
SIA requests the extension to ensure affected companies will have 
sufficient time to consider and respond to the Commission's proposed 
changes upon their return from WRC-19.
    3. As set forth in section 1.46 of the Commission's rules, the 
Commission's policy is that extensions of time for filing comments in 
rulemaking proceedings shall not be routinely granted. In this case, 
however, we find that the scope, and importance of the issues raised in 
the FNPRM warrant an extension of the comment and reply comment 
deadlines. We believe that extending the deadlines will serve the 
public interest by providing interested parties with additional time to 
develop full and complete responses to inform the Commission's 
deliberations. Therefore, the Office of Managing Director (OMD) grants 
a request filed by the Satellite Industry Association (``SIA'') seeking 
an extension of time to submit comments and reply comments in response 
to Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in this proceeding. 
The deadline for filing comments is extended to December 6, 2019, and 
the deadline for filing reply comments is extended to January 6, 2020.

II. Ordering Clauses

    4. Accordingly, it is ordered that, pursuant to sections 4(i), 
4(j), and 303(r) of the Communications Act, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 
154(i), 154(j), and 303(r), and section 1.46 of the Commission's rules, 
47 CFR 1.46, the Request for Extension of Time to File Comments and 
Reply Comments filed by the Satellite Industry Association is granted. 
The deadline for filing comments is extended to December 6, 2019, and 
the deadline for filing reply comments is extended to January 6, 2020.
    5. It is further ordered that, pursuant to section 1.102(b)(1) of 
the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.102(b)(1), this document shall be 
effective upon release. This action is taken pursuant to the authority 
delegated by Sections 0.11 and 0.231 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 
0.11, 0.231.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene Dortch,
Secretary.
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